The Swiftwater Paddle Boat Handling (SPBH) course is designed for Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRTs), who wish to improve and expand on their paddle boat handling ability. It follows on from the basic boat handling section in the SRT class and covers in more depth, swiftwater boat handling and rescue scenarios using the paddle boat as a rescue craft.
It is a supporting course to assist trained swiftwater rescuers, rather than a qualification to be used by professional river users. Shortly and sweetly, it’s not a raft guide qualification. The Swiftwater Paddle Boat Handling course is designed as a paddle boat handling course only, and does not cover use of powered craft. However, it may be used to support Rescue 3 powerboat courses.