Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)

The SRT course provides rescuers with the fundamentals of survival in moving water and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to effect in-water rescues. Students gain knowledge in hydrology and river classifications, size-up, site control and scene management. Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming and the fundamentals of shore, boat and in-water rescues. Additionally students are introduced to the basics of boat handling and the fundamentals of rope rescue including mechanical advantage and anchor systems.

Contact hours

24 hours


  • Minimum age: 18
  • Confident Swimmer

Qualification valid for

3 years


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

Recerted by

Water Specialty Course Recertification
Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)
Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA)
Professional Qualification Assessment: Water & Rope (PQWR)

Taught by

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Instructor (SRTI)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Advanced Instructor (SRTAI)
Instructor Water & Rope (InsWR)
Swiftwater Rescue – Instructor Trainer (SRT-IT)
Instructor Water & Rope – Instructor Trainer (InsWR-IT)