Course Information

Swiftwater Rescue Technician

Course Description
This course provides the skills and knowledge required to undertake swiftwater and floodwater rescues and recoveries as a member of a specialist team.

Swiftwater and floodwater recovery involves the rescue of persons from fast moving water in areas such as stormwater drains, canals, rivers and/or creeks. It involves the use of a variety of rescue techniques with suitably equipped and responders entering the water.

The unit applies to emergency service personnel who are skilled operators who may be required to use a range of rescue techniques within a swiftwater and floodwater environment. They may provide technical advice and support to a team and may adopt a leadership role during a rescue. A person operating at this level will not be performing under direct supervision.

Course Content
This course requires the successful completion of:

  • PUASAR002 Undertake swiftwater and floodwater rescue and recovery

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

Certification Type
Statement of Attainment.

Course Fee
Individual cost: $750 ex GST

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

This cost includes:

  • Two days of training and assessment.
  • A range of practical scenarios on different sections of the river.
  • Professionally guided raft trips on Grade 3-4 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:

  • Provide a current Statement of Attainment for 'PUASAR001 Perform land based swiftwater and floodwater rescue and recovery'.
  • 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.

16 hours over a period of two days.

Training Strategy
The course is conducted in the field on a suitable river that has moving water and a location for the safe practice of skills. The training often requires 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)
This course has been designed for emergency service personnel with some prior competency in conducting rescue operations. The assessment tasks and course duration have been tailored accordingly.

Additional 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, Mitta Mitta).

Rivers are seasonal and subject to short notice variations.

More About This Course
More information about this course is available on the Australian Government Training website at Click here

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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