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Technical Rescue Personnel: Watercraft Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician

August 5, 2024

Prattville Regional Training Center

350 County Road 4 West
Prattville, Alabama 36067

This course is based on NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, Chapter 22, 2021 Edition. This course is designed to introduce students to Watercraft Operation on Surface Water and Swiftwater.


(Pro Board or IFSAC) Certified Rescue Technician: Swiftwater I/II or Technical Rescue Personnel: Swiftwater Awareness, Operations, and Technician Levels; Valid Vessel License


Instate Cost: 350

Out of State Cost: 590

Required Text:

Jones & Bartlett, Water Rescue: Principles and Practice, Third Edition

Certification Course Syllabus

Certification Practical Exam Materials – Currently under revision

Special Equipment:

  • Water helmet or climbing helmet (no firefighting helmets)
  • Wetsuit or dry suit
  • Water boots or tennis shoes
  • Water gloves
  • Coast Guard approved Type V personal flotation device
  • 2 forms of waterproof light (waterproof flashlight and glow stick for night drill)
  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring watercraft from their agency as well as fuel, oil, and spare props. This will help with agency watercraft familiarization.