Surface Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue

Surface Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue

September 8-11, 2019

These two courses are designed to prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in moving water emergencies. Topics include pre-planning, personal protective equipment, search parameters, incident action plans, surface rescue techniques, advanced rope systems in the aquatic environment, and use of watercraft and helicopters in water rescue operations. Students will participate in moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills.

This class is an updated delivery that includes three days in Six Flags and covers additional skills training.

These two courses have been combined in this delivery to train participants to the Surface Water Rescue, Technician; and the Swiftwater Rescue, Technician, according to NFPA 1006, 2017 Ed.



  • EMS CEUs-Non-Core-32

  • NFPA 1006, Standards for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications, Chapter 16, Surface Water Rescue and Chapter 17, Swiftwater Rescue.
  • NFPA 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, Chapter 16, Surface Water Rescue, and Chapter 17, Swiftwater Rescue.


  • Includes lunch days 2-4 of class and all facility use fees



Sunday, September 8

St Louis Fire Department
8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

Monday, September 9

Six Flags
8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

Tuesday, September 10

Six Flags
8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

Wednesday, September 11

Six Flags
8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

Special Requirements

Students will need a full wet suit/surface dry suit, tennis shoes/booties, a lightweight rescue type/whitewater-type helmet, and lightweight leather or ski gloves, a personal flotation device rated for Swiftwater operations with minimum buoyancy rating of 22 lbs. (This is a very physical and demanding class.)

  • Participants will be required to complete an entrance level swim test on the second day of class. Swim test will consist of a 300 meter swim in a pool setting, using only forward (power) strokes, with no rest breaks, and no swim aids, in 10 minutes or less. Participants who fail this entry-level test WILL NOT be allowed to participate in remaining program.
  • Participants will also be tested on prerequisite knowledge of ropes and knots. Participants should be prepared to perform knot tying and mechanical advantage systems as outlined in NFPA 1006 (2013 Ed.), Chapter 5, subsections 5.5.1-5.5.4 and Chapter 6 subsections 6.1.1-6.1.4 and 6.2.5-6.2.6
  • A partial refund of registration fee may be given for any student who fails these entrance tests.

4 Easy Ways To Register


Mail your completed form and payment to:

Surface Water and Swiftwater Rescue
MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute
1110 S College Ave, Rm 232
Columbia, MO 65211-3410

Include your completed registration form with purchase order, billing authorization, or credit card number. No checks please.



Please have all the information on the registration form available to expedite the process. Hours are 7:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Mon – Fri, except holidays. Credit cards only please.

Please include your completed PDF registration form with purchase order or billing authorization. If paying with a credit card, please call or fax us with that information. No checks please.

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