Water Rescue for the First Responder Course
Take this online Water Rescue course and print your certificate to be prepared for handling on-the-water emergencies.Start the Course
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.
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
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Water Rescue for the First Responder (Awareness Level) Course meets the required Federal and State Course Review and Approval process standards.
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