Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator (SRBO)

This course is designed to introduce students to boat operation on swiftwater. During the course students gain experience reading moving water and operating boats in current. Using both a motor and paddles, students will practice such skills as use and avoidance of hydraulics, ferrying across current, and obstacle navigation will be practiced in Class I and II whitewater. Students then progress to operating both up and down stream in Class III and above whitewater. Other exercises include night operation scenarios and multiple boat operations.

Contact hours

24 hours


Qualification valid for

3 years


Flood Rescue Boat Operator (FRBO)
Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator (SRBO)
Water Specialty Course Recertification

Recerted by

Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator (SRBO)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator (SFRBO)
Water Specialty Course Recertification

Taught by

Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Boat Operator Instructor (SFRBOI)
Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator Instructor Trainer (SRBO-IT)