Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA)

This course integrates techniques learned in SRT1 and TRR:TL, taking the students beyond the emphasis on self-rescue to concentrate on victim rescue. Students are exposed to more complex water rescue situations including a mock night river rescue scenario. The three day course includes 4-6 hours of classroom instruction, followed by two and one-half days of hands-on skill development.

Students are introduced to the role and utilization of various skills in river and flood rescue, including:

  • rope systems
  • management of litter & patient raising systems
  • highline systems
  • advanced river search concepts
  • performing rescues at night or in low visibility
  • and basic flood disaster management.

Completion of the SRTA along with SRT and TRRTL satisfies the requirement outlined in NFPA 1670 Surface/Swift Water Technician Level. This qualified graduates to operate on a Swift Water/Flood Search & Rescue team according to NFPA.

Contact hours

24 hours


Qualification valid for

3 years


Water and Flood Awareness (AWR)
Swiftwater and Flood Awareness Online (AWRO)
Basic Water First Responder (BWFR)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)
Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced Water (SRTAW)
Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA)

Recerted by

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

Taught by

Instructor Water & Rope (InsWR)
Instructor Water & Rope – Instructor Trainer (InsWR-IT)