SRT-1 Preload – Course Info

SRT-1 Online Classroom Pre-load

Take the Pre-Load

A Comprehensive Online Course that prepares students for the Rescue3 SRT-1 Technician on-water course.

“A cost effective way to maximize your on-water training experience.” 

The  SRT-1  Online Pre-load courses replaces the 1-day classroom session that is held on location.  Upon completion it is combined with 2-days of live on-water technical training.    The course teaches the Awareness, Operations and Technician techniques and principles that will reduce risk of injury or death and maximize the value of the advanced live instructor training.


A blend of Online Classroom and Live On-water Training.

The Process

Blended Learning: The SRT-1 Online Pre-Load is part of a blended learning program where the classroom portion of this technician course is taken online and the student comes to the on-water 2-day training with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques of moving water rescue.  Instead of taking the classroom session on location the study is done at the comfort of one’s station, office or mobile location.

Once enrolled the student can view and review material, take the practice quizzes, download the handouts and take the final exam.  It is a self paced course and the student has 6 months to complete the course.  Each student is given two chances to pass the final exam with a score of 75% or higher.  After two tries the student will need to re-register for the course.  Course progress is tracked throughout the course, as are quiz results which help keep students on track and help them focus on what they need to learn to pass the Final Exam.



IMPORTANT NOTE: The SRT-1 Blended Learning format is taught at the discretion of each individual Rescue3 instructor.  If you are interested in this time and money savings program, please ask your instructor if they offer it.  If you require assistance locating an instructor who teaches this method please contact or

SRT-1 – The Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 Online Online Pre-Load course is a comprehensive course that covers the same theory, techniques and information Recue3 students could expect to cover in the 1 day classroom portion of the technician 3 day course.  However, now students will be able to ingest this information at their own pace, review subjects that are new or unfamiliar and test themselves on their knowledge with the practice quizzes.

Highest Standards of Training

The Rescue3 online training courses recognize the industry’s highest standards for delivery and testing.  All courses are NFPA compliant and bear the industry leading “stamp” of approval from Rescue3 International.  Quizzes may be taken at any time, as many times as needed.  All quizzes are ungraded but scores are recorded and reported to the student to track progress and give guidance into areas needing further study.

The Final Exam is a graded / timed exam.

Maximize your training budget.


  Estimated savings of wages, travel, accommodation, meals and expenses for 1 day of classroom for each student is $300-500.   By utilizing a “blended learning” approach you and your agency can save money and train more students for within your allocated budget.

Maximize your on-water training experience.


  Train at your own pace.  Study the principles and techniques until your certain you have them mastered.  Take a final exam and know you’re ready to put it into practice in the on-water technical training.


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View Sample Chapters

View Sample Chapters


Want to check out the course?  You sure can.

Go to the individual Course Listing and click on the Blue Chapters.  A free registration is required.






Scalable, Efficient, Effective


One of the biggest benefits of the online training is that you can train a single person or you can train an entire city.  Think about how long it would take to train 100 personnel to the awareness level.  5, 8, 12 months?  Probably a lot longer, but the point is with the Rescue3 Awareness course ALL of your personnel can train simultaneously, during off hours, without any travel costs, overtime costs, or lost wage costs.  On top of that each student ends up with a recognized 3rd party NFPA compliant certification!  Pretty amazing!

Students can view the course in any order, allowing the user to focus more on areas of content they are weak in and less in areas where they may have prior experience or knowledge.

Finally, all successful students will have passed a final course exam proving that they a have a high level of understanding of the content and have an effective Awareness Level of skills and knowledge.

SRT-1 – Content


SRT-1  is approximately a 7hour and 45 minute course with practice quizzes and handouts.  The subject matter and standards comply with NFPA standards for Technician Level training for Swiftwater and Flood Rescue.  This is a comprehensive  course with a graded / timed final exam.

Students who take the SRT-1 Online Classroom Pre-Load can expect to come to the on-water training more prepared, more knowledgeable and more capable to learn the techniques and advanced techniques that will be taught by their Rescue3 Instructor.  For more information on finding an instructor who incorporates the on-line pre-load into their curriculum please contact Earth Experience.

Subjects Include  40 chapters   See the complete chapter list

SRT-1 – Recommended For


This course is recommended for:

Fire Fighters, Police and Law Enforcement, Dispatchers, Engine Operators and Drivers, EMS, Search and Rescue, Emergency Management, Utility Workers, and anyone interested in becoming a Swiftwater Rescue Technician.

Maximize Your In-field Training

Traditionally, the SRT-1 Technician level course is taught with a recommended (1) day classroom + (2) days field work paradigm.   The SRT-1 Online Preload offers the ability to study at a pace that is comfortable for the individual over a period of time is better for others.  Studies have shown that actually this is more the case.   Bottom line, spending time on the theory and techniques that will be covered and are required for certification prepares the student better for in-field, hands on exercises.    Although the 8 hour classroom may be effective, having days or weeks to review and study the material allows the student to thoroughly absorb the curriculum.


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