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The Surface Water Rescue class taught at Guardian Centers, Georgia is an NFPA 1006 compliant course that meets and exceeds the standards set forth in Chapter 11. Presented over 5 days, the training integrates didactics and extensive hands on applications to introduce and lead the student through the knowledge, skills and abilities of surface water rescue in waters that do not by definition exceed 1 knot per hour. Training includes theories and practice of hydraulics, hydrodynamics, navigation, PPE, various types of boat operation and maintenance such as boat handling techniques, victim rescue skills from shore, boats and even in the water.

A progressive class, the techniques the student is exposed to begin with simple survival skills for rescuer, skills and equipment required to make safe rescues from shore, boat or in the water. The KSAs progress into boat handling and rescues from objects, flooded areas of buildings and the need to employ a rescue swimmer to assist in a victim rescue. Ultimately, advanced rope skills for exotic applications such as horizontal or high lines for access and rescue of victims unapproachable by other means. The Guardian Centers’ gold standard facilities and props – i.e. flooded buildings and areas – afford a safe and realistic environment for the surface water rescue venue and any responder local, regional, national or international.

Course only open to currently credentialed Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the theories and principles of water, flooding, currents and tides as they relate to terrain, buildings, victims, choice of PPE, boats and rescue resources. ( NFPA 1006 Chap 11, 11.1-11.1.3)
  • Progressive knowledge, skills and abilities in developing and executing victim rescues from land to victim, boat to victim, and from in the water to victim.(NFPA 1006 Chap 11, 11.1.4, 11.1.6 & 7)
  • Safely and proficiently operate various watercraft to access and make victim rescues in flooded areas, buildings or in the water. (NFPA 1006, Chap 11, 11.1.8 -11, 11.1.10, 11 & 12)
  • Demonstrate survival and swim skills with appropriate PPE, PFDs and other equipment in flood waters and environments. (NFPA 1006 Chap 11 11.2 – 11.2.4.
  • Develop and demonstrate advanced rope skills for designing and installing high lines, horizontal lines or angle lines to facilitate the access to and rescue of victims not accessible by other means.

Course Registration

The registration period for all courses ends 30 calendar days prior to the scheduled course start date. Course registration must be completed electronically prior to that deadline. The course fee must be paid in full as part of the online electronic registration process.

Schedule & Student Count

  • COURSE LENGTH: 40 Hours
  • PARTICIPANTS: 20 Student minimum
  • VENUE: Guardian Centers

Course Fees & Materials

All course materials, including applicable books, manuals, tests, and certificates, are included in course fee. Students must bring their own equipment.
  • Contact GC for Pricing Details


Travel to Georgia and the Guardian Centers training site is not included in the course fee. Registered course attendees are responsible for making personal travel arrangements. Meals Lunch is included – all other meals are at the expense of the participant. Lodging is not included in course fee. The following is a list of recommended lodging options within 5 miles of the training site.
  • Guardian Centers Onsite Billeting | 600 Perry Parkway, Perry, GA | (478) 224-5700
  • Holiday Inn | 1502 Sam Nunn Blvd. Perry, GA | (877) 786-9480
  • Best Western | 205 Lect St. Perry, GA | (866) 460-7456
  • Comfort Inn | 201 Lect Drive Perry GA | (855) 307-2224
  • Hampton Inn | 100 Marketplace Drive Perry GA | (855) 901-0002
  • Microtel Inn & Suites | 110 Fairview Drive Perry, GA | (478) 987-4004

Cancellation & Refunds

Guardian Centers reserves the right to cancel any scheduled courses in the event that minimum enrollment is not met. If a course is cancelled, registered students will be notified, and will receive a full refund. Registered students must cancel their registration no later than 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled course start date in order to receive a full refund. Registrations cancelled after the 10-day deadline will be assessed a $150 cancellation fee. There is no refund for no-shows. Please note: Guardian Centers cannot make individual exceptions to its cancellation or refund policies.

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