Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA)

This course builds on the skills learned in the Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT), 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

Contact hours

24 hours


(see note below)

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 & Flood Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA)
Water Specialty Course Recertification

Recerted by

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

Taught by

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

Note: Certain equivalent rope courses may be accepted. Please contact your instructor, regional director or Rescue 3 corporate office for more information about what equivalents are accepted in your area. Please note: not all regions allow equivalent courses. Also, students who attend with equivalent certifications but do not have sufficient knowledge to complete course requirements may not receive certification.