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Class size: Limited to 4 per available boat

Preregistration Required: (10% late fee less than 14 days before class)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 16 hour course covering operations, safety, boat construction and orientation, maintenance and care, start up procedures, boat crew assignments, equipment, command and control driving skills, rescue and recovery concepts including along side, throw lines, drag lines, deployed swimmer and advanced tethered swimmer. Boat handling skills to bring the boat and crew within safe approach under stressful situations.

COURSE FORMAT: The SRBO 1 course is normally taught in a two day format. 0800-1700. There is no night training in the SRBO 1 course. Day 1 morning lecture and boat orientation, mechanics and prepping for launch. Day 1 afternoon is in water driving and intro to skills. Day 2 is all skills day in water.

The person completing this course will have the knowledge and skills to operate and command a rescue boat in inland waterways, ICW, Lakes, Bays and surf to off shore situations. They will have crew, operating, search and rescue skills needed to be an effective boat captain or crew member.

Prerequisite: Good Swimming Skills and Basic Boat Navigational and Operating skills

STANDARDS: This course meets and exceeds Industry Standards and NFPA 1670 and 1006 requirements.

PPE: Each student is required to provide their own Personal Protective Gear:

  • USCG” approved Type III or V PFD (Type V preferred)
  • Wet suit boots with hard sole bottom or tennis shoes
  • Water or vertical rescue helmet w/ waterproof light
  • Full wet or dry suit as weather conditions dictate
  • Water or abrasion protective gloves
  • Rescue boat and motor for up to 4 students.

RENTAL GEAR: RTI has a limited number of gear sets of PFD and helmet for rent. First come basis.

PHYSICAL FITNESS REQUIREMENTS: RTI field courses are strenuous in nature. RTI recommends the student be in good physical and mental condition. Participant must also have good swimming skills.

Additional course information will be emailed to each student registered.

Applications due two weeks prior to class

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