2018 Courses of Instruction


  • April 12-13, 2018
  • June 21-22, 2018

Prerequisite: The student must have successfully completed a Swiftwater Rescue I course that meets the NFPA Standards, such as a course that is offered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Dive Rescue International, Indiana River Rescue, or the Missouri University Fire/Rescue Training Institute.  The student will need to provide a copy of his or her certificate showing that they have successfully completed a SWR course.  The student attending this course should also be an experienced boat operator and have the boat operation skills necessary to operate a boat in extremely dangerous swiftwater conditions.  The student must also be a strong swimmer and be able to swim in swiftwater conditions with a current of up to 2500 cubic feet per second.  The student should also be comfortable jumping into swiftwater conditions from a height of 10 to 12’.  

The student must also furnish his/her own Swiftwater rescue gear.  This gear includes a wet or dry suit, a swiftwater-rated personal floatation device, a swiftwater-rated helmet, dive fins, water gloves, wet boots (with good soles), and two throw bags.  Students are also required to have a basic knowledge of rescue knots and should practice these knots prior to attending the class.  The student will be required to tie the following knots:  Figure eight on a bight, Figure eight stopper, Double fisherman’s knot, Figure eight bend, In-line figure eight, and a water knot.

Course Description: This course is designed to reinforce Swiftwater Rescue skills that a student has already acquired.  Some of the topics covered in this class include how to read the river, river hydraulics, rescue knots, self rescue techniques, strainer drills, boat operation techniques in swiftwater, boat rescue techniques in swiftwater, throw bag techniques, team rescue drills, hi-line/z-line rescue techniques, rope gun fundamentals, ring buoy rescue techniques, and low head dam rescue techniques.

Who Should Attend: Officers/emergency personnel who are involved in swiftwater rescues during flooding events.

Tuition/Registration Fees: Registration fees are due by the first day of class.  If fees are not paid in full prior to completion of class, certificates and continuing education hours will not be issued unless payment is received.


  • $40 - tuition
  • Meals and lodging are at the expense of the student/agency. Equimpent is provided by the student/agency.

Course location and time: This course is usually held off campus at Pomme de Terre Lake.  The course may also be cancelled at any time due to an insufficient water supply.  This class will start at 1700 hours on day one and students will be released to go home by 1700 hours on day two.

Continuing Education Hours:

  • None

Mineral Area College Credit:

  • None
  • Sergeant David Echternacht
  • 573-751-9942
For questions concerning enrollment:
  • Jeanette Ford
  • 573-751-3626 or
  • jeanette.ford@mshp.dps.mo.gov

Application For Training