State Emergency Service Water Rescue volunteers

Swiftwater rescue is the rescue of persons from fast moving water in areas such as stormwater drains, canals, rivers, creeks or flooded fords. It involves many rescue techniques and includes the use of rope throw lines and suitably equipped and trained rescuers entering the water to perform the rescue.

Fast moving water can create an extremely dangerous situation for both the victim and rescuers.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has trained personnel able to respond to any flood or swiftwater incident. For information about being prepared in the event of a flood visit our Flood page.

Swiftwater Rescue

SES Swiftwater Rescuers train in:

  • Self-rescue Techniques
  • Swiftwater Hydrology & Dynamics
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Technical Rescue Equipment
  • Knots & Anchors
  • Hazard Identification & Safety Orientation
  • Swimming - Defensive & Offensive
  • Throwbag Rescues
  • Contact Rescues
  • Towed Rescues
  • Shallow Water Crossings
  • Pinning Type Rescues
  • Foot Entrapment Rescues
  • Tyrolean Rope System with Boat on Tether

To register your interest in becoming a SES Swiftwater Volunteer complete our volunteer registration form or call 1300 364 587.