Awareness Flood & Swiftwater Course Info

The Essential Flood and Swiftwater Rescue course for non-technicians.

AWR – Awareness Flood & Swiftwater Rescue

The AWR online course assures that first responders and support personnel operating in the “cold” zone understand the risks, hazards and operations techniques of a moving water emergency.

The Rescue3 Swiftwater and Flood Awareness Certification Course is a comprehensive training course designed to increase the understanding of the risks, hazards and protocols to safely operate and support swiftwater and flood emergencies. The course teaches the fundamentals that will reduce risk of injury or death and maximize the value of support personnel in carrying out rescues.

AWR – Awareness Flood & Swiftwater Rescue

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The Process

Purchase the course and register with a username and password. Organizations purchasing packs of courses will receive registration codes directly from Earth Experience. See Agency Info.

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. 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.

Upon successful completion the student will be mailed a certification directly from Rescue3 International.


Rescue3 and it’s official online training partner Earth Experience, have taken the Rescue3 time tested and worldwide accepted curriculum of their Flood and Swiftwater courses to develop the video modules that are delivered in the course.

AWR – The Awareness Online Training course was developed out of the dire need to give basic moving water safety and rescue training to everyone. Born from the same mold as basic first-aid, the Awareness Flood and Swiftwater course (AWR) has been long overdue and is being met with great regard and acceptance.

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. Awareness students will be introduced to the same curriculum methodology taught in advanced courses and this is a good way to begin a path to higher learning and technician level training.

Quizzes may be taken at any time, as many times as needed. The Final Exam is a graded / timed exam that if completed successfully gives the student an industry recognized certification.

Certifications: Certifications are recognized current for three (3) years from time of completion and it is recommended to re-certify to stay current with the ever changing curriculum and technology.

What Recent Users are saying:

“The subject matter was excellent and the course software worked very well.”

Emergency Management Agency, NGO, New Zealand

“It gives a lot of information and it gives sources to refer to: it is the highest level of professionalism.”

Search & Rescue, Washington, USA

“It breaks the subject down really well.”

Fire Fighter, Training Officer / Training Decision Maker, Ontario, Canada

“The presentation was on spot. The information was presented in a manner that it was easily understood. I also like the fact that I could pause the video and take valuable notes as I view it. I now have a series of notes that will be useful in the future.”

fire fighter, training officer, training decision maker, SAR, Oklahoma, USA

FACT: 6:1 Ratio or Higher

Experts estimate that for every (1) technician on a moving water rescue, between 6 and 10 support personnel are involved in the “warm” and “cold” zones.

Often these support personnel may have limited or NO training or knowledge of Flood or Swiftwater Safety and Rescue.

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.

AWR- Curriculum

AWR is a 3hour and 45 minute course with practice quizzes and handouts. The subject matter and standards comply with NFPA standards for Awareness Level training for Swiftwater and Flood Rescue. This is a comprehensive certification course with a graded / timed final exam.

Subjects Include 18 chapters on:

Water Rescue Standards, Rescue Philosophy & Communication, Zoned Approach to Water Rescue, The 15 Absolutes, Hydrology, Swiftwater Features & International River Grading Scale, Swiftwater & Flood Hazards, , Floods, Pre-Planning & Incident Management, Size up & Team Briefings, Personal Equipment, Team Equipment, Personal Safety & Survival, Drowning, Common Medical Conditions in the Water Environment, Waterborne Illnesses, General Moving Water First-Aid

AWR- Recommended For

This course is recommended for:

Fire Fighters, Police and Law Enforcement, Dispatchers, Engine Operators and Drivers, EMS, Search and Rescue (USAR), Emergency Management, Utility Workers, Risk Management, and any one who may have potential to come into contact with a moving water emergency.

Without basic knowledge of the characteristics, hazards, limitations and techniques those without this course or some form of training are at much higher risk for 1) injury or fatality 2) Compromising a successful rescue.

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