This course provides an instructor cadre with the foundations needed to teach rescuers the fundamentals of survival in swift moving water. Learners will gain experience in teaching hydrology, river classifications, size-up, site control, and incident or scene management.
Selected learners will attend the course in New River Gorge National River and participate in classroom and field-based teaching environments while being evaluated for skills and instructor proficiencies. Learners will be provided with subject material to develop and present lessons in both a classroom and field setting. If selected as an instructor, individuals will be expected to make themselves available for annual training and regular planning meetings (via phone), for an obligation of approximately 10 days per year.
Students will be evaluated and potentially chosen to join the NPS Swift Water Incident Management Instructor Cadre to instruct at the annual NPS SWIM Courses.
The NPS SWIM course will establish a standardized teaching curriculum to be used during the NPS Swift Water Incident Management (SWIM) Course to be held annually beginning in 2021.
To apply for the train-the-trainer or Instructor NPS Swift Water Incident Management (I-SWIM) Course complete an application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2010. Please note: the application link is only accessible to NPS employees.