Swiftwater and 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


  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT)
  • Rope Rescue Operator (RRO) or Technicial Rope Rescue Technician - see note below

    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.