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Moving water is a very unforgiving environment and drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in New Zealand. Over the last 5 years an average of 32 people a year have drowned in New Zealand rivers with about one every three days over the summer period.

Swift Water Personal Skills (SWPS)

The Swift Water Personal Skills (SWPS) course has a focus on individual (self), peer and small team safety and rescue. The course recognises that most lives saved will be either by your peers or by a member of the public and that many persons operating near water have a limited knowledge of the dangers. A basic understanding of rivers and a healthy respect for the power of moving water can help to minimise some of this danger and give you the ability to work with it. This course is recommended for all people who operate in and around water environments including:
  • Police
  • Fire Service
  • Council Hydrologists
  • Hydro-geologists
  • Hydro-electrical staff
  • Search and Rescue
  • Civil Defence
  • Surveyors
  • Back country workers - DoC, Trappers, Hunters, Forestry
The Rescue 3 International 'Basic Water First Responder' accreditation and information pack is now incorporated into this course.

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Water Rescue / Water Safety Technical Training