Swiftwater Course | October 2019

The Public Safety Institute is delivering an ITRA Introduction to Swiftwater Technician and Swiftwater Vehicle Rescue course being held 12-15 October, Otaki/Shannon, New Zealand.

The introductory special rate to attend this course is NZ$995+GST (15%). Scholarship applications have now closed.

This intense four day course introduces students to swiftwater rescue across both responder and technician levels, and with specialised vehicle rescue techniques. 

It is ideal for new and experienced operators, in particular those wanting to become or progress their ITRA instructor development.

The course is based from Kereru Scout Lodge in the Otaki Gorge and shared accommodation is included (no discounts if not required). From the lodge, several venues are used within 30-40 minutes drive including the Mangahao Whitewater Centre near Shannon. Students can arrange their own alternative accommodation if they want at their expense.

Students will receive an attendance certificate for the course and have learning objectives attended recorded on their ITRA Record of Learning. There is no assessment on this course. However, an optional Level 1 Swiftwater assessment and instructor development workshop will be held at Otaki 16-17 October. A small fee to cover accommodation and ITRA assessment fee applies.

The course covers:

Introduction to Swiftwater Responder: rescue protocols, hydrology, safety management, incident management, vehicle escape, throw bag, river crossing, swimming, shore based vehicle stabilisation, medical considerations, equipment.

Introduction to Swiftwater Technician: contact rescues, towed swim, V lowers, live bait, capture curtain, spinal rolls, strainer negotiation, zip lines, low head dam rescue theory, flood channel rescue theory, case studies, grade 3 swimming.

Introduction to Swiftwater Vehicle Rescue: vehicle behaviour in water, myth busting, wading rescues, zip line and contact rescues (from a real vehicle, in real fast flowing water!). Water subject to flow.

Students will need to have: Drysuit (with thermals) or Wetsuit (full length), PFD with quick release harness, >2 gated karabiners, >2 prussiks, dive/water gloves, whistle, dive booties/sports shoes, throwbag, swimming goggles, water rescue helmet, sleeping bag, snacks, drinking bottle, thermos. Some pre-course learning is required (knots and video/manual reviews). Students are responsible for their own meals/food.

This course includes some evening lectures and activities so students must be flexible on start and finish times.

International students should ensure they have the appropriate visa and travel insurance that includes repatriation. International flights should arrive/depart Wellington (WLG). No supporting documentation for visas are provided until course fees paid as deposit.

Please contact us to reserve your course placement as placements are limited. 

Download our ITRA rescue course catalogue.