Course Information

Swiftwater Rescue (SIS)

Course Description
This course provides the skills and knowledge required to self-rescue and conduct rescues / recoveries on inland white water rivers with rapids up to Grade 2.

The course is applicable to personnel who are required to operate on, or near, white water rivers.

The course is conducted as a rafting river trip to maximise swiftwater experience and to ensure a full range of swiftwater hazards are identified.

Course Content
This course requires the successful completion of:

  • SISORSC004 Self rescue in white water
  • SISORSC005 Rescue others in white water

The course includes:

  • Swiftwater hazard identification.
  • Aggressive and defensive swimming.
  • Wading.
  • Re-entering a craft.
  • Rescuing others from moving water.
  • Using mechanical advantage systems.

Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).

Certification Type
Statement of Attainment.

Course Fee
Individual cost: $750 ex GST

Group cost: $7,800 ex GST (up to 12 participants)

The minimum course size is 8 students.

This cost includes:

  • Two days of training and assessment.
  • A range of practical scenarios on different sections of river.
  • Professionally guided raft trips on Grade 2+ rivers.
  • All technical swiftwater rescue equipment.

Personal equipment may be used but must be inspected and approved by Group 314 prior to the course commencing.

Entry Requirements
Students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of enrolment.
  • Have an email address and access to a computer with an internet connection.
  • Complete a Pre-course Evaluation to determine suitability for the course.
  • Be able to swim at least 50 metres.
  • Be physically fit and well to participate in swiftwater rescue training.

Two consecutive days.

Training Strategy
The course is conducted in the field on a suitable river that has Grade 2 rapids and a location for the safe practice of skills. The training may require students to camp overnight in an area close to the river.

Where possible, students will undertake a river trip to maximise their experience with swiftwater. A river trip will involve being professionally guided in a white water raft down suitable stretchers of a river.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL options are not available for this course. Students must complete all the assessment tasks as a verification of competency.

Credit Transfer
Not available.

Assessment Strategy
The assessment tasks that must be completed for this course are:

  • Knowledge Assessment (written).
  • Skills Assessment.
  • Competency Observation (scenarios).

Students will participate in a range of realistic rescue scenarios on a river.

Suitable river locations throughout Australia (e.g. Murrumbidgee, Nymboida, Snowy, Mitta Mitta).

Rivers are seasonal and subject to short notice variations.

More About This Course
More information about this course can be obtained from Group 314 upon request.

More information about Group 314, including company policies and other general student information, is available at Click here

If you would like to discuss this course with a Group 314 representative, please email or phone 1300 448 779.

Please email or phone 1300 448 779 to enrol.

Why study with us

  • The practical application of skills and knowledge is important to us.
  • Our trainers and assessors have vast amounts of industry experience.
  • Prior learning is recognised to avoid unnecessary effort.
  • Courses are customised to suit individual and organisational needs.
  • We will help as much as we can.
  • There are no unexpected charges and payment plans are offered.

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