Rope Rescue and Height Safety

SARINZ has a wide range of rescue courses which make up the 'rope rescue programme' covering all aspects from foundation skill development through to advanced technical rescue - for urban, wilderness and workplace environments. All training is completed in a series of testing and realistic scenarios conducted in environments relevant to the personnel being taught and assessed. The techniques are based on sound theory and operationally tested by leading experts from New Zealand and internationally. SARINZ can customise any of our rope rescue training courses to meet specific organisational competences, NZQA Unit Standards or defined outcomes.

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Foundation Rescue Skills

Foundation Rescue Skills is the updated and improved foundation course which assess against NZQA Unit Standards - ensuring high quality, nationally moderated outcomes which develop a range of core skills that can be used on their own and/or as a pathway to higher level rope rescue training.

The course has a focus on personal safety through the use of edgekits and will use the movement of stretcher loads over moderate terrain to integrate the use of edgekits and jiggers into a range of practical exercises.

This training is provided by rope rescue technicians with a wealth of real world knowledge and application, supported by an in-depth training manual and interactive programme.

The Foundation Rescue Skills course (or the CDEM Rescue at Heights course) forms the entry point for the higher level Responder and Specialist rope rescue courses.

Rope Rescue Responder

This course is for response personnel who are required to access and stablise patients in high angle environments and recover them to a place of safety using a double line technique. The responder level course is aimed at all rope rescue practitioners who may undertake the rescue of patients in a steep or vertical environment - be it wilderness, urban, search and rescue, civil defence or workplace context. The course objectives of this course are to have all team members proficient at going up and down ropes, conducting knot passes, peer based pick-off rescues and stretcher based rescues.

All persons who successful complete all aspects of the course will gain the following NZQA Unit Standards:
  • 20537 Provide initial response at rope rescue incidents. Level 4, 6 Credits.
  • 20538 Perform descender based rope rescue. Level 4, 6 Credits.

Rope Rescue Specialist

All persons who successful complete all aspects of the course will gain the following NZQA Unit Standard:
  • 20539 Perform specialist rope rescues. Level 4, 15 Credits.

Height Safety

NZQA Units 23229 and 15757

SARINZ have particular expertise in blending the two extremes of back-country rope access/rope safety with industrial health and safety regulations and requirements. This means principle based solutions which meet the industrial height safety requirements. This kind of response requires so much more than a "clip part A into part B" training schedule on a well-known structure under ideal conditions. Key concepts such as 'good to go', 'Inspector gadget', 'height safety ABC's, 'I'm OK, you're OK' and 'kitted and spurred' are processes taught on our courses which allow participants to easily and quickly perform key elements of height safety in a fun and interactive way. More importantly these key catch-phrases instill key processes for students to stay safe when the pressure is on. This training is provided by rope rescue technicians with a wealth of real world knowledge and application, fully supported by an in-depth training manual and interactive programme.