Water Rescue for the First Responder Course
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Complete Awareness Level Training in 3 Steps
Study for the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course
To begin the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course, register and pay the $40.00 course fee and the $10.00 state fee. After you register and pay, you'll begin to prepare for the Final Exam by studying the course material.
Take the Water Rescue for the First Responder Final Exam
After you study the course material and pass the unit quizzes, you will proceed directly to the 20-question Final Exam. (If you don't pass the Final Exam the first time, don't worry. Keep taking the exam until you pass.)
Print Your Water Rescue for the First Responder Course Completion Certificate
After passing the Final Exam with a score of at least 80%, you’ll instantly print out a Water Rescue for the First Responder Course Completion Certificate, a permanent certificate that proves you have completed a nationally recognized course that meets the NFPA 1670 Awareness Level guidelines.
Who is this course for?
This course is for first responders who work on or near water. That includes emergency services personnel such as Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement personnel, municipal and utility employees, and outdoor professionals.
How long does the completion certificate last?
Your Water Rescue for the First Responder Course Completion Certificate serves as your permanent proof of course completion and does not expire.
Why do I need this course?
Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in America. Swiftwater rescue training is essential for first responders so they can take appropriate action when responding to water incidents.
What level of of training will I complete by taking this course?
The Water Rescue for the First Responder Course meets the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines for Awareness level training.
How long does it take?
You can complete the course as quickly as you'd like. Most students spend 1-2 hours to study the material and pass the exam.
Developed by Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to meet standards of NFPA 1670—Awareness Level
The Water Rescue for the First Responder Course was developed by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, the agency responsible for boating safety education in Pennsylvania.
This course meets or exceeds National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1670 Awareness level guidelines. The NFPA is an international nonprofit dedicated to reducing the impact of fire and other hazards on the quality of life.
FEMA Course Number: 15-32934
Federal/State Sponsored Course Catalog
Water Rescue for the First Responder (Awareness Level) Course meets the required Federal and State Course Review and Approval process standards.
Made in the U.S.A.
This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.
Pennsylvania Boating FAQs
Price and Payment
How much does the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course cost?
The Water Rescue for the First Responder Course fee is $40.00. You will also pay a $10.00 Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission fee.
Taking the Course
Do I have to complete the course all at once?
You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days.
What is the minimum age to take the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course?
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
Do I have to be a resident to take the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course?
There is no residential requirement to take the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course.
Course Approval and Acceptance
Is the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course approved by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission?
The Pennsylvania Office of State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have determined that this course is acceptable for the purpose of providing Awareness level training and certification for first responders.
Is my Pennsylvania Water Rescue for the First Responder Course Completion Certificate accepted elsewhere?
This nationally recognized program has been developed and adopted by Pennsylvania, but is also used in many other U.S. states.
Quizzes and/or Exams
I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?
If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 70% on the unit quizzes to pass.
Do I have to take an online exam?
The Final Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.
About Your Certification
What is the proof of online Water Rescue for the First Responder Course completion?
Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course Completion Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Water Rescue for the First Responder Course Completion Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES after course completion.
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