Personal Watercraft Rescue Operations


Hours: 16 Hours


Initial Certification Course Cost: $185.00   ** Recertification Course Cost: FREE for Life


Designed For: Water rescue personnel


Description: This course provides the skills needed to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) and perform rescue in river and flood situations. Safety, course philosophy, and PWC 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 PWC.



  • Adequate health insurance coverage
  • 18 years of age
  • Completion of the  Boating and Waterways Course  ONLINE COURSE  
  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Level I and II or *** Equivalent
  • 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: Personal Watercraft Rescue 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 Fire & Rescue Training can attend as a recertification  ever two years at no cost.

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

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If you have taken a Swiftwater Rescue Technician 1, Swiftwater Rescue Advanced or Technical Rope Rescue course  and are currently certified through a different training provider * and would like to attend one of our courses we will allow you to Recertifiy at 50% of the cost of the course.  YOUR CERTIFICATION MUST BE CURRENT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RECIPROCITY PROGRAM.  Certifications are valid for 3 years unless otherwise noted on the certificate of completion.  There is no grace period after you have expired. You will need to contact us for a Discount Code 


* Rescue 3 International , Dive Rescue International, ERDI, ACA, and Lifesaving Resources.   Please contact us if your training provider is not listed.  CLICK THE MORE BUTTON TO VIEW THE RECIPROCITY MATRIX.

SPECIALIZED RESCUE INC. certification cards are recognized throughout the United States as well as internationally. As a known industry trainer we ave trained  government agencies such as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and various disaster relief groups. We train divisions of the U.S. military as well as police and fire departments.

If your previous certification is with SPECIALIZED RESCUE INC. and your card has not expired, you may re-certify at no cost.  The recertification course is the same length and structure as the original course. However, you will be given more challenging scenarios and you can expect your leadership role to expand because of your previous experience. No grace period will be accepted. Proof of your current certification card must be verified via our online database.  CLICK THE MORE BUTTON TO SEE OTHER COURSES THAT CAN MAINTAIN CERTIFICATION.

The WHITEWATER RESCUE FOR THE RIVER PROFESSIONAL Course has no expiration date. All other SPECIALIZED RESCUE INC. SWIFWATER RESCUE TECHNICIAN LEVEL I and II, ROPE RESCUE TECHNICIAN LEVEL I AND II, SWIFTWATER RESCUE TECHNICIAN LEVEL III, ICE RESCUE TECHNICIAN LEVEL I AND II and RESCUE BOAT OPERATIONS course certifications are valid for 3 years unless otherwise noted on the certificate of completion.  There is no grace period after you have expired.