Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)

The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician course complies with Defra Module 3 content requirements, and for many years has been seen as the benchmark training course for swiftwater and flood rescue teams. This training course is intended for personnel who may be required to carry out rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment, including emergency services personnel and mountain rescue teams.


Course length:

4 days


Course content includes:

  • Hydrology
  • Introduction to technical rescue equipment
  • Hazard identification & risk assessment
  • Introduction to rope systems
  • Swimming in moving water
  • Medical considerations
  • Basic boat-handling skills
  • Scene management
  • Contact and in-water rescues
  • Basic incident command
  • Crossing techniques
  • Search Operations
  • Flat water boat handling


Defra level:

Module 3 - Water Rescue Technician - Specialist rescue operation

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  • Must be a confident swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18


Qualification valid for:

3 years

Recertification is either by attending an SRT recert, a Rescue from Vehicles in Water (RVW) course, or SRT Advanced course (SRTA-W, SRTA-R or SRTA-W&R).


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Student manual PDF download:

SRT manual - German (de)

SRT manual - English (en) 

SRT manual - Spanish (es)

SRT manual - French (fr) 

 SRT manual - Croatian (hr) 

SRT manual - Italian (it)

SRT manual - Dutch (nl)



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