Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician - Advanced - Water (SRTA W)

The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Advanced - Water course is for existing Rescue 3 Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians looking at advanced rescue situations both in and over water including search management in a swiftwater and flood environment. This is the water module, which can be taken separately, or combined with the rope module into a single five day course (Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician - Advanced - Water and Rope (SRTA W&R)). Current Rescue 3 Technicians wanting an advanced rescue capability in water can do the SRTA-W. Those wanting to add rope rescue including steep and vertical banks and over water technical rescue capability can do the SRTAW&R.

Technicians who are working towards their SRT/WRT Instructor qualification will need to do the SRTA-Water as a prerequisite to their Instructor Training course.


Contact hours

18 hours (3 days)


Course content includes:

  • Weir risk assessment and pre planning
  • Advanced swiftwater swimming
  • True and conditional rescues
  • Night and poor visibility in water operations
  • Swiftwater & flood search management
  • Mechanical advantage systems
  • High energy tethers
  • Paddle boat handling



Course standard

Rescue 3 Europe SRTA-W 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 SRTA-W learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors (PDF)


Qualification valid for:

3 years


Taught by:


Student manual PDF download:

SRTA-W manual - English (en)