River and Flood Rescue Boat Technician Course
This 40 hour technician program is a comprehensive boat operations course delivered on the IRB and Jon boat platform in static and dynamic water, up to class 3 whitewater. During the course, students learn the fundamentals of hydrology and how it relates to boat operation, design, and construction. Other skills covered are operation and maintenance of inflatable and aluminum boats and outboard engines, SAR theory and techniques utilizing the IRB and GPS, self rescue and victim recovery strategy and techniques. Using both paddles and outboard engines, students will get 4 days of hands on skills development evolutions, emphasizing: use and avoidance of hydraulics, ferrying and pinning drills in various current flows, towing, docking, pacing and crew transfer, self recovery and victim pickup and recovery sequences, throwbagging from an IRB, and deploying a rescue swimmer from an IRB. Other exercises include a night search and rescue simulation and multiple scenario situations, that allow the students to integrate their newly developed skills in realistic rescue simulations.
Students will receive the new CA State Fire Training 40 hour R&FRT Boat certificate. FEMA US&R members may also get their taskbook signed off for IRB and Jon Boat in this course.
Prerequisites: DBAW Safe Boater Certification and Swiftwater Rescue Certificate or SFT River and Flood Rescue Tech Certificate *Please contact our instructors with prereq questions prior to registering*
* Live Bait Type V PFD w/ whistle and knife
* Wetsuit or Drysuit
* Water Shoes
Course will be confirmed once the minimum class roster of 12 students is met.
Refund Policy: Full refund is available if canceling more than 30 days before the course. Cancellations made within 30 days of the course will receive a 75% credit towards a future course. Cancellations made within 15 days or more before the course will receive a 50% credit toward a future course. No credits will be issued for cancellations made fewer than 14 days of the first day of the course. Credits are good for 1 calendar year, no exceptions. Any cancellations must be received via written notice and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations made outside of the 30 day window will be given a full refund or full credit transferable to a future training with Intrepid Maritime.