This program is designed for emergency services personnel who belong to agencies whose jurisdictions encompass bodies of water that have little or no current (such as lakes, bays, or large rivers that are deep, wide and have very slow currents). This program is not intended for those who may find themselves working in a moving-water environment. The Basic Open Water Rescue course is for awareness level and operations training only. Topics covered include rescue philosophy and safety, team organization and scene management, basic moving-water hydrology and hazards, medical considerations, pre-planning, water rescue knots, reaching and throwing rescues, boat assisted rescues, contact rescues and managing combative victims, basic search management, victim assessment and stabilization, spinal injuries, and much more. This is a 3 hour lecture provided for the students and each student will receive a certificate upon completion along with a copy of the program. The 8 hour operations class will be hands on and will provide a certificate of completion.
*Priced per student
PPE Required: Class 3-5 Coast Guard approved swim vest (PFD), swim helmet, swim suit. Vest mounted whistle encouraged but not required. Rash guards also acceptable.