Rescue 3 International Programs began in 1979 and were developed by active professionals – search and rescue, paramedics, scuba instructors, lifeguards, whitewater outfitters, police and fire fighters – among them, over 100 years of cumulative experience in white water rafting in Colorado.  Bill Dvorak, owner & outfitter of Dvorak Expeditions received the Rescue 3 International Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to Rescue training around the world and the USA.

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Combining the most applicable techniques of many rescue disciplines. These courses cover many ways to affect river and flood rescues.  The primary objective, however, remains to assure the safety of the rescuers themselves – since so many injuries and deaths during river rescues have been due to the well-intention rescuers.

Instructors teach and participate in many seminars and conferences, and learn from their students as well, keeping the program at the state-of-the-art.  By working in the field of rescue, traveling and seeing new ideas, RESCUE 3 International continues to make their courses the most up to date and state of the art curriculum available.

Call us 800 824-3795 for group rates or alternative dates for your organization or company. 

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Whitewater Rescue Technician & River Rescue Pro WRT/RRP
Rescue 3 International Certification   
3 days | Activity/Skill Level: Medium
$335 per person

This RESCUE 3 INTERNATIONAL COURSE is approximately 24-30 hours total with 8-10 hours of classroom and approximately 16-20 hours in the field. It is suggested that the class be held over 3 days, but it can be adjusted to fit shift and other schedules.

Call for locations of Classes held in alternate cities in Colorado. 719 539-6851

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General Objectives

1. To develop a sense of confidence and necessary skills for river professionals in dealing with whitewater rescue situations.
2. To train the student in utilization and adaptation of standard rescue gear in swiftwater situations.
3. To train the student in usage of innovative rescue equipment in whitewater rescue situations.

This newly developed River Rescue Pro certification course is 3 days of intensive and comprehensive training that takes professional certification for the professional boater to a whole new level.  All days are taught in the river environment. Short lectures will be followed with immediate application in the water. The class is held over a minimum of 3 days with case study homework in the evenings.  The program is engaging, exciting, challenging, fun and affordable for all participants, with a strong emphasis on safety and prevention of accidents; as well as appropriate response to a whitewater emergency.  This is the best river rescue certification course available to professional river guides and kayakers worldwide.

Written FOR PROFESSIONAL BOATERS, BY PROFESSIONAL BOATERS, this is a fast paced, scenario based course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary. This curriculum is for river guides and kayakers that spend a good portion of their lives on the river in a professional capacity, and therefore have a solid base of boating and basic rescue skills already. This energetic, and physical curriculum will be challenging and focused on quick reaction time with a thorough understanding of options and resources. The skills testing component will emphasize knowing your own limits, skill level, knowledge of basic rope skills and the ability to execute a rescue as part of a team. The challenges of responding at night are highlighted in the night op. The task book at the end lays out easy ways to keep your certification current with continuing education and testing day options. This 3 day, intensive and comprehensive course takes professional certification for the professional boater to a whole new level.

This course will require some pre course knowledge of knot tying (http://www.animatedknots.com) that can be accessed online or learned in basic knot books.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1
SRT-1
Rescue 3 International Certification 
3 days | Activity/Skill Level: Advanced
$435 per person

This RESCUE 3 INTERNATIONAL COURSE is approximately 24-30 hours total with 8-10 hours of classroom and approximately 16-20 hours in the field. It is suggested that the class be held over 3 days, but it can be adjusted to fit shift and other schedules.

Call for locations of Classes held in alternate cities in Colorado. 719 539-6851

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To fully complete all the requirements of the NFPA 1670 Standard for water and rope at the technician level, each student, in addition to the SRT-1, must complete the Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRT-A) and have a rope course that meets that standard’s requirements. The rope training can be taught either by Rescue 3 (our Technical Rope Rescue: Technician Level course TRR), by another recognized rope-training course from your state, or by departmental training. To meet the conditions for water technician, the rope requirements must also be met.

General Objectives

1. To develop a sense of confidence and necessary skills for fire and rescue personnel in dealing with swiftwater situations.
2. To train the student in utilization and adaptation of standard rescue gear in swiftwater situations.
3. To train the student in usage of innovative rescue equipment in swiftwater situations.

Behavioral Objectives Upon completion of this course the student will:

1. Have a sound working knowledge of swift water dynamics and water-related physiology.
2. Be able to recognize and treat the signs and symptoms of specific medical problems related to water accidents.
3. Have a working knowledge of all equipment used including: safety gear, climbing gear, lights, boats, signaling devices, specialized gear and vehicles.
4. Be able to utilize helicopters as a rescue asset; understand their characteristics, capabilities, and limitations; including safety considerations while working around helicopters.
5. Be able to rescue and extricate an accident victim from the water.
6. Be able to safely swim in swiftwater and maneuver so as to negotiate river hazards and obstacles at various water levels.
7. Be able to handle small inflatable boats by paddle, oar and on tether.
8. Have a general knowledge of applicable communications systems.
9. Have knowledge of law-enforcement responsibilities and on-scene leadership.
10. Understand swift-water rescue team organization and the response of the victim.
11. Be able to utilize climbing and technical rescue gear applicable to swift-water rescue.
12. Be able to ford shallow and fast-moving water utilizing various techniques.
13. Be able to cross deep, slow-moving and fast-moving water utilizing basic climbing gear, small boats, and combinations of the two.

The class is mostly field skills with minimum classroom time. Prerequisites are the students be in reasonable physical conditions, have basic strong swimming abilities and have current medical coverage.

SRT has been enthusiastically received by state offices of emergency services, state fire marshals, the America Outdoors, the Colorado River Outfitters Association, the New Mexico Outfitters Association, the Royal Lifesaving Society of Canada, and many others.

Each of these courses are an intensive 3 day, 30 hour class, the SRT-Unit 1 and RRP program includes an in-depth look at such subjects as swift water dynamics and hydrology,  boat-based rescues, technical rescue system, in-white water contact rescues, rescue organization and scene management, technical gear and rope systems, flood rescue problems, low head dam rescues, and much more. RRP is designed specifically for people who DO NOT require (NFPA) Standards.   It covers the same skills as the (SRT-1), but puts an emphasis on achieving those skills with a minimum of personnel and equipment. NOTE: It is the first of two classes needed for fire personnel wanting to meet the requirements of (NFPA) 1670 Standard for water at the technician level.

Dvorak Expeditions (Bill Dvorak – Instructor – Trainer) : The National Certification and the standard for river and flood rescue – These are the most widely taught courses of its kind. Originally certified by the United States Lifesaving Association, the SRT-1 course meets the requirements of the NFPA 1670 Standard and is recognized by many other groups. SRT-1 and RRP is not a clinic or a workshop.  It is a comprehensive course of specific behavioral objectives, with practical and written tests prior to certification.  In the current climate of liability and risk SRT-1 and RRP provides a standard that has been achieved by some 90,000 people from numerous organizations throughout the U.S.A. since 1979. The program is also taught regularly in over 13 other countries. The class is mostly field skills with minimum classroom time.  The prerequisites are that the students be in reasonable physical condition and have basic strong swimming abilities and have current medical coverage.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced
SRT-A
Rescue 3 International Certification
3 days | Activity Level: Advanced
*Pre-requisite : SRT-1 or RRP from R3I
$425 per person

Second of the two courses needed by FIRE PERSONNEL to complete the requirements for the NFPA 1670 Standard in water for the Technician Level.   SRT-A integrates techniques learned in the SRT-1 course, as well as advanced river/flood situations and high angle rope techniques.

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An intensive 3 day, 30 hour class, the SRT-A program includes an in-depth look at such subjects as swift water dynamics and hydrology, boat-based rescues, technical rescue system, in-white water contact rescues, rescue organization and scene management, technical gear and rope systems, flood rescue problems, low head dam rescues, and much more. SRT: Required for Fire Dept. and Search and Rescue requirements. Not required for Guides, Rafting, Private boaters. It is the first of two classes needed for fire personnel wanting to meet the requirements of NFPA 1670 Standard for water at the technician level. Review the outline of the course from the [Rescue 3 website] (www.rescue3.com)

Each of these courses are an intensive 3 day, 30 hour class, the SRT-Unit 1 and RRP program includes an in-depth look at such subjects as swift water dynamics and hydrology,  boat-based rescues, technical rescue system, in-white water contact rescues, rescue organization and scene management, technical gear and rope systems, flood rescue problems, low head dam rescues, and much more. RRP is designed specifically for people who DO NOT require (NFPA) Standards.   It covers the same skills as the (SRT-1), but puts an emphasis on achieving those skills with a minimum of personnel and equipment. NOTE: It is the first of two classes needed for fire personnel wanting to meet the requirements of (NFPA) 1670 Standard for water at the technician level.

Technical Rope Rescue Technician Level
TRR:TL in Colorado
Rescue 3 Technician Level
4 days | Activity Level: Expert

* 6 STUDENT MINIMUM FOR COURSE.
From $705 per person

The TRR:TL Course is approximately 40 hours total with 4-6 hours of classroom and 34-38 hours in the field. It is suggested that the class be held over 4 days. This agenda can also be adjusted to fit shift and other schedules if necessary. 1:12 instructor student ratio.

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Dvorak Expedition’s Course Description:

This course integrates the most current technology and research on rope rescue from throughout the world, and utilizes “discovery learning” to teach skills necessary to safely effect technical rope rescues in environments ranging from simple over-the-bank situations to vertical cliff and structure rescues. The course covers basic and specialized equipment, ropes and rigging, safety considerations, scene management and organizations, helicopter applications, special problems, ascending and descending systems, rappelling, belaying lowering and raising systems, Telphers, highlines, and litter management. This course is designed to meet the competencies in NFPA 1670 Standard for Technical Rescue Operations & Training for Technical Rescue Incidents for rope rescue. This course also meets the competencies of NFPA 1006 Standard for Rescue Professional Qualifications.

General Objectives: This course will provide individuals in positions that may involve technical rope rescue operations:

1.A course of instruction in generally recognized rope rescue techniques.
2.An exposure to current rope rescue theories and philosophies being taught internationally.
3.A structured, progressive, hands-on methodology to aid retention of skills, and/or to upgrade existing skills.| 4.A mechanism to improve communication and incident management for technical operations
5.Application of current safety considerations for rope rescues.
6.An exposure to pre-planning and size-up of possible locations and hazards where rope rescue operations are needed.

Behavioral Objectives: At the completion of this course the student will:
1.Understand the basic characteristics of ropes, knots, technical gear, and litters used in low angle, to high angle rescue work.
2.Be able to manage such systems with fair competency in actual terrain.
3.Understand the management skills needed to direct a technical rope rescue mission.
4.Be able to tie basic rescue knots.
5.Understand and utilize basic camming devices and hitches.
6.Understand and utilize tensioning systems and mechanical advantage systems.
7.Be able to construct effective anchors, utilize natural and artificial anchors.
8.Understand and utilize rope protection
9.Be able to manage a self-belay, and understand the differences between Independent Belays and Conditional Belays 10.Be able to package a patient into a litter.
11.Be able to rig a litter attachment system.
12.Be able to set up and manage a friction lowering system.
13.Be able to set up and manage a raising system.
14.Understand the role of the Incident Command Systems and the unique position of Safety Officer in rope rescues. 15.Ascending and descending a fixed rope, while using ascending and descending devices.
16.Set and manage a vertical lowering system and switch to a raising system.
17.Set and manage a system to pass a knot through a raising and lowering system.
18.Direct a raising and lowering evolution with a litter and litter attendant for a vertical.

PRO-QUALIFICATION ROPE ONLY PQR
2 days | Skill/Activity Level : Medium
Rescue 3 International Certification
From $400 per person

This 2 day workshop provides independent verification of a student’s qualification as a water technician as required under NFPA Standard 1006.  Your qualifications must be cleared with Rescue 3 International at www.Rescue3.com to be accepted into the course, to complete requirements, and to prove their competency. Attendees must complete a Task Book prior to attending the workshop. These can be ordered from the corporate office after the completion of a TRR:TL course.   This workshop is a prerequisite for the Instructors Course

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Rescue 3 International
PRO-QUALIFICATION WATER
2-Days (Can be combined with 2-day Rope)

This program is 20 hours in length, includes all of the above, and covers such subjects as advanced technical rescue, helicopter management and a major mock rescue, usually at night. The class is arduous and fatiguing, and all subjects are taught regardless of  weather.  Participants should be in reasonable physical condition, though strong swimming ability is not required. This course is a pre-requisite for the instructors course.

PRO-QUALIFICATION ROPE & WATER
2 days | Activity/Skill Level: Hard/Expert
Rescue 3 International Certification
From $400 per person

This 2 day workshop provides independent verification of a student’s qualification as a water technician as required under NFPA Standard 1006.  Your qualifications must be cleared with Rescue 3 International at www.Rescue3.com to be accepted into the course, to complete requirements, and to prove their competency. Attendees must complete a Task Book prior to attending the workshop. These can be ordered from the corporate office after the completion of a TRR:TL course.   This workshop is a prerequisite for the Instructors Course

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Rescue 3 International
PRO-QUALIFICATION WATER
2-Days – Can be combine with 2-day Rope

This program is 20 hours in length, includes all of the above, and covers such subjects as advanced technical rescue, helicopter management and a major mock rescue, usually at night. The class is arduous and fatiguing, and all subjects are taught regardless of  weather.  Participants should be in reasonable physical condition, though strong swimming ability is not required. This course is a pre-requisite for the instructors course.

Rescue 3 International
PRO-QUALIFICATION WATER
2-Days (Can Be Combined With 2-Day Rope)

This program is 20 hours in length, includes all of the above, and covers such subjects as advanced technical rescue, helicopter management and a major mock rescue, usually at night. The class is arduous and fatiguing, and all subjects are taught regardless of  weather.  Participants should be in reasonable physical condition, though strong swimming ability is not required.

*This course is a pre-requisite for the instructors course.

Programs meet requirements of the NFPA 1670 standards.

Nationally certified ‘Rescue 3’ courses are the standard for river and flood rescue. They stress skill building in the field (water) with minimum classroom time. Students should be in reasonable physical condition, though strong swimming ability is not required. Certification: “Rescue 3 Inc.”. Note: If desired, you can complete next level courses simultaneous when possible. Find out more about our Ice Rescue Technician Courses and Technical Rope Rescue Courses.

Basic equipment required for each course include a full wet suit or dry suit, Type III or V personal flotation device, light climbing or kayaking helmet, and personal safety items you presently use.

RESCUE 3 INTERNATIONAL COLORADO CERTIFIED COURSES

Dvorak Expeditions & Rescue 3 International Swift water Rescue Training Courses

Rescue 3 International Programs began in 1979 and were developed by active professionals – search and rescue, paramedics, scuba instructors, lifeguards, white water outfitters, police and fire fighters, with among them over 100 years of cumulative experience in white water rafting in Colorado.  Bill Dvorak owner- outfitter of Dvorak Expeditions Est. 1969 received the Rescue 3 International – Lifetime Achievement Award, for his outstanding contributions to Rescue training around the world and the USA.

Combining the most applicable techniques of many rescue disciplines. These courses cover many ways to affect river and flood rescues.  The primary objective, however, remains to assure the safety of the rescuers themselves – since so many injuries and deaths during river rescues have been due to the well-intention of rescuers.

Instructors teach and participate in many seminars and conferences, and learn from their students as well, keeping the program at the state-of-the-art.  By working in the field of rescue, traveling and seeing new ideas, RESCUE 3 International continues to make their courses the most up to date and state of the art curriculum available.

Rescue 3 International courses have been enthusiastically received by state offices of emergency services, state fire marshal’s, America Outdoors, the Colorado River Outfitters Association, the New Mexico Outfitters Association, the Royal Lifesaving Society of Canada, and many other agencies worldwide. Swift water and Rope courses are offered by Bill Dvorak Expeditions.  Local agencies, rescuers, guides and interested recreationalists will have opportunities to take the national certification Rescue 3 program at several locations in the US. Qualified courses can be re-certified within 3 years. 

DVK offers intensive 1 to 5 day rescue skill building courses in Swiftwater Rescue (SRT) and River Rescue Pro (RRP), Technical Rope Rescue (TRR) which include in depth training in a variety of subjects including:

  • Swiftwater dynamics hydrology
  • Boat-based rescue
  • Technical rescue systems
  • In-water contact rescues
  • Rescue organization
  • Scene management
  • Technical gear
  • Rope systems
  • Flood rescue problems
  • Low-head dam rescues

Call us 800 824-3795 for group rates or alternative dates for your organization or company.