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.


Contact hours

24 hours (4 days)



  • Must be a confident swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18



Course standard

Rescue 3 Europe SRT standard (PDF)

The course standards are provided as pre- and post-course reference for people involved in the delivery of Rescue 3 courses (eg Rescue 3 training providers, instructors and students). They are not to be used for any other purpose without the express written permission of Rescue 3 Europe.

Learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors

Rescue 3 Europe SRT learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors (PDF)


Defra level:

Module 3 - Water Rescue Technician - Specialist rescue operation

View all Rescue 3 Europe Defra module courses


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 or SRTA-W&R).


Taught by:


Student manual PDF download:

SRT manual - German (de)

SRT manual - English (en) 

SRT manual - Spanish (es)

SRT manual - French (fr) 

 SRT manual - Greek(gr) 

 SRT manual - Croatian (hr) 

SRT manual - Italian (it)

SRT manual - Dutch (nl)



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