This course includes all the learning and skills required for NFPA 1006 (2021) Surface Water Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician Skills. Southwest Fire Academy designed the Surface Water Rescue Technician course to take the novice water rescuer and train them to the requirements found in NFPA 1006 Chapter 17, in a safe atmosphere.
Topics include: developing parameters, identifying and utilizing ropes and other resources, mitigating hazards, selecting and utilizing appropriate PPE based on conditions, proficiency in emergency escape procedures, understanding topographical maps of search areas, performing rescue of a water-bound victim, and utilizing victim packaging and management equipment.
Water rescue training is some of the most hazardous training undertaken by technical rescuers. SFA is committed to student safety and success, and as such, we only use experienced water rescue instructors and adhere to strict 5:1 student to instructor ratios. We practice a dictatorial accountability and entry control system. Students are provided with the best PPE and equipment available to technical rescuers. Students will perform skill stations that include:
- Command and size-up
- Shore based rescue
- Water based rescue
- RDC and boat based rescue
Make no mistake, this is an entry level course, so the waterways we use are static in nature. We believe that rescuers must first learn basic skills in a safe environment before moving into more difficult conditions. To that end, you will not be exposed to an ice or swift water environment. If you are looking for safe, quality training, look no further.
None. Be advised that all candidates must successfully complete a swim test on the first day of the course, which involves:
- 15 minute tread water without PFD
- 100 meter swim with PFD
- Maneuvering a course with an RDC
- Pre-Course Reading Materials
- SFA Swim Test
- Instructor Led Theory
- Instructor Led Practical Skills
After the skills day in the water environment, students will participate in several scenarios that include incident command, safety officer, sector officers, risk and hazard assessments, and multiple victims.
All training is conducted safely in accordance with Section 21 Guidance Notes, NFPA Standards for Increased Hazard Exposure Training, and experienced Southwest Fire Academy instructors with a 5:1 student to instructor ratio.
Candidates successful in this program will receive a certificate of completion from Southwest Fire Academy. The OFMEM does not currently administer testing for this course; however, when it is available, students with a certificate of completion will qualify for the testing. Any OFMEM testing must be registered for separately, as this is not included in the SFA course.
What is Included
- Access to SFA PPE and equipment
- SFA custom student manual
- Complete JPR package (SFA retains all original documentation)
- Certificate of qualification
What to Bring
- CSA approved footwear
- Change of clothes
Please note: if this course is not filled to 75% capacity 7 days before it is scheduled to begin, it may be cancelled. In the event of course cancellation, you will be provided adequate notice and a full refund.
Accommodations may be available upon request for the duration of your program. If you are staying for one or two nights, the flat rate for accommodations is $50 plus taxes. If you are staying for three or more nights, the fee is $100 plus taxes, total. Regardless of how long you are on campus, your fee will not exceed $100 plus taxes. This fee grants you access to your bunk, a communal kitchen, parking, and washroom/shower facilities. Please contact SFA at 705-510-9501 or email@example.com with advanced notice, to reserve your spot.