Operations: Swiftwater and Flood First Responder (OPS)

This course is designed to provide students with both a theoretical and practical knowledge of the basics of swiftwater rescue. The class includes one day of classroom instruction and one day of practical field exercise. Students are trained in hazard recognition, equipment use, and basic shore and boat-based rescue techniques, as well as a wide variety of other skills. After completing this course, personnel will also be able to be in the support role for technician level rescuers in higher risk technical water rescues.

Contact hours

16 hours


Minimum age: 18.

Qualification valid for

3 years


Water and Flood Awareness (AWR)
Swiftwater and Flood Awareness Online (AWRO)
Basic Water First Responder (BWFR)
Operations: Swiftwater First Responder (OPS)

Recerted by

Operations: Swiftwater First Responder (OPS)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)
Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced Water (SRTAW)
Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA)
Professional Qualification Assessment: Water (PQW)
Professional Qualification Assessment: Water & Rope (PQWR)

Taught by

Operations: Swiftwater First Responder Instructor (OPSI)
Instructor Water (InsW)
Instructor Water & Rope (InsWR)
Instructor Water & Rope – Instructor Trainer (InsWR-IT)