Rescue NC LLC. has served as a "Preferred Training Provider" for Rescue 3 International since 1994. We pride ourselves by delivering the most comprehensive and challenging swiftwater rescue courses throughout the United States. Our philosophy is... "To train our students within the environments they are expected to perform and present the most physically and psychologically challenging situations.

So, whether if you choose to attend one or more of our Swiftwater Rescue courses or one of our Rope or industrial programs, we are your ideal source for your swiftwater & flood rescue response training needs!

Important Information regarding NFPA Certification

Rescue 3 International Water Rescue Technician Certification Information:

To achieve Swiftwater Rescue Technician certification, each candidate must complete the Swiftwater Rescue Technician I (SRT I) & Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRT A), in addition to, a NFPA compliant Technical Rope Rescue; Technician (TRR-TL) course.
Rescue 3 will accept rope certification from other recognized training programs in place of the TRR:TL. 

Swiftwater Rescue; Technician Level Certification 

Swiftwater /Flood Rescue Technician (SRT-I)     
is an intensive, three-day class (24-30 hours) that includes one day of classroom instruction followed by two days of developing and practicing water rescue skills. The SRT I focuses upon self-rescue and rescue swimmer skill sets, hydrology, environmental hazards, basic rope rigging and PPE, shore-based, boat-based, and in-water contact rescues.

The Rescue 3 International SRT I course addresses various aspects of swiftwater and flood emergencies with a focus upon rescuer safety and team efficiency during these types of emergencies. This course is a physically intensive, 24-hour class that includes classroom instruction followed by two days of developing and practicing water survival & rescue skills.

Emphasis of this course is based upon self-rescue skills and meets and/or exceeds the skills taught within N.F.P.A. 1006 Awareness and Operations for swiftwater rescue. Other topics include an in-depth analysis of hydrology, handling hazards and obstacles, rescue equipment familiarization, utilizing basic rope systems, conducting in-water contact rescues, and much more. Information from this course is applicable to anyone confronted with potential water rescue, as well as, the possibility of self-rescue.

Swiftwater /Flood Rescue Technician Advanced (SRT-A)

SRT Advanced is an intensive and physically demanding course! The initial emphasis of this course is on self-rescue skills and covers all of the skills taught SRT Unit I.  In addition, other skills include:

  • Rescuing and extricating an accident victim from the water.
  • Rescue swimming in swiftwater and maneuvering so as to negotiate river hazards and obstacles at various water levels.
  • Navigating inflatable boats by paddle and on tether .
  • Understanding swiftwater rescue operations organization and the response of the victim.
  • Utilizing rope rescue gear applicable to swiftwater rescue.
  • Crossing shallow and fast-moving water utilizing various techniques.
  • Crossing deep, fast-moving water utilizing basic climbing gear, small boats, and combinations of the two.
  • This course provides the fundamentals of swiftwater rescue and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to affect in-water rescues. 

This course is the second class needed for personnel wanting to meet the requirements of the NFPA 1670 Standard and the NFPA 1006 Standard at the Technician level for water. This course takes the student who has completed Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1™ (SRT1) beyond the emphasis of self-rescue and further concentrates on the victim’s rescue. This is done by integrating the SRT I  techniques into more difficult technical swiftwater situations.

SRTA is taught over 3 days with four to six hours of classroom followed by three and one-half days of hands-on skill development. There is a mock night river rescue scenario, as well as, a raft trip and swimming session which allows rescuers to fine tune their guiding skills and advanced swimming techniques in a higher degree of water classifications.  

Night rescue swimming and night rafting operations are conducted within this course!!!

Topics covered include pre-planning; rescue and recovery management; specific problems which arise with floods; rescue from class IV-VI whitewater; raising/lowering systems; stokes litter management; cliff picket anchors, “A” frames, tripod setups; a night mock Search and Rescue (SAR) problem; and, many other subjects.


Swiftwater Rescue; Operations Level Certification 

Swiftwater and Flood First Responder (OPS)

 This course is designed to provide students with both a theoretical and practical knowledge of the basics of swiftwater rescue. The class includes one day of classroom instruction and one day of practical field exercise. Students are trained in hazard recognition, equipment use, and basic shore and boat-based rescue techniques, as well as a wide variety of other skills. After completing this course, personnel will also be able to be in the support role for technician level rescuers in higher risk technical water rescues.

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 Basic Water First Responder (BWFR)

Designed for personnel who may be deployed to a basic (still) water environment, such as lakes, ponds and canals, where they may be required to undertake rescues. The course is a mixture of theory and practical sessions. The content includes the use of a variety of rescue equipment.
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Swiftwater Rescue; Awareness Level:



Water and Flood Awareness (AWR)

This 8-hour classroom seminar introduces personnel to the problems associated with swiftwater & flood rescue as well as the procedures to follow in flash flood, large-scale disaster, and seasonal flooding situations. The course is designed to develop knowledge in the areas of:

  • scene assessment & incident size up (of both existing & potential conditions)
  • resource ordering
  • activation procedures for rescue response
  • site control and scene management
  • hazard recognition & mitigation procedures

In order to accomplish the responsibilities of the awareness level responder, the course also provides students with a conceptual understanding of the principles, applications, and hazards associated with advanced water rescue techniques.

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Water and Flood Awareness Online (AWRO)

This comprehensive introduction course trains students to the Awareness Level and provides the information necessary for those individuals who may respond to a water or flood emergency, or who will support trained rescues from the shore, air, or from afar. Students will learn proper protocol and techniques, as well as dangers to avoid and how not to become victims themselves. This self paced course features exciting information packed videos that allow students to immerse themselves in the world of water and flood rescue. During the course, students have the ability to fully learn the material by:

  • Start and stop the videos
  • Downloading material
  • Re-watch and review curriculum as many times and necessary
  • Receive immediate feedback through online practice quizzes.

Once students have a firm grasp of the material they take the final exam and, upon successful completion, receive their certification.

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Flood Worker Safety (FWS)-8 Hours

This one day course assists organizations who’s workers may work around flood water, such as road contractors, storm water contractors, flood engineers, and vehicle break down services. We still advocate that the public should never drive in flood water, but while the public hopefully stay indoors during flood events, many critical services such as storm water, roads and other utilities still have to operate and do so as part of mitigating the flooding event. Such critical services need basic training to work safely around flood water.

This course has half a day in the classroom discussing safety planning, working safely around flood water, flood water features and hazards, vehicles in water safety and escape methods, personal protective equipment, special hazards (aqueducts, manholes etc), medical considerations, decontamination, communications and incident management. The second part of the day is spent in moving water (grade 1-2) and covers how to use throwbags, wading/crossing techniques, and survival swimming. This course is a must for any employee or volunteer working near or in flood water.

For organizations that have a higher risk such as hydrologists, dam operators, remote/lone workers etc, we recommend our two day Flood Operations course that allows for more customization including wader safety, more advanced rescues and practicals in higher water flows (grade 2+).

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 Flood Operations (FO)-12 hours

The Flood Operations course was designed to provide emergency planners and emergency workers with the necessary knowledge and techniques to enable them to assess and work in flood environments. Flood Operations is perfect for those who will be working in heavy flood conditions, such as hydrologists, dam workers, road workers, and utilities repair workers. The course is a mixture of theory input and in-water practical sessions.

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