Rescue Boat Operations

Hours: 24 Hours


Initial Certification Course Cost: $385.00   ** Re-certification Course Cost: FREE for Life


Designed For: Water rescue personnel


Description: This course provides the skills needed to operate a rescue boat and perform rescue in river and flood situations. Safety, course philosophy, and terminology are covered. "In water" experiences for students include how to read dynamics flow for safety travel, perform self rescue and victim-rescue operations, along with executing pre/post-inspections of the IRB.



  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Level I and II or *** Equivalent
  • Completion of the California Boating and Waterways Course  ONLINE COURSE  
  • 18 years of age
  • Adequate health insurance coverage
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition


Equipment Needed:

  • Full wetsuit or drysuit and fleece undergarments
  • Lightweight water or kayak helmet with headlamp
  • USCG Type III or V approved lifejacket/ PFD with waterproof whistle
  • Thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes
  • Gloves are optional but helpful in cold water


Certification: Inflatable Rescue Boat Operations 



Class Size: Varies with Course.


NOTE:  All students MUST complete the  Boating and Waterways Safety Course Prior to the first day of the course.



** Any student who has previously attended this course with Specialized Rescue can attend as a re-certification  ever two years at no cost.


*** Any Technician Level Water Rescue Class (RFWRT, SRT1) within 3 years.