CLASSES

Aqua 7 has limited its classes to NFPA 1670 Awareness and Personal Watercraft Rescue Operations. This is to provide quality instead of quantity.

Tony’s curriculum is the only training standard certified
and backed by the State of California Fire Training Group.


Most water rescue business’s can offer you a certificate, but it has no backing, no challenge. Aqua 7 is the only business that meets the stringent requirements and certification of California State Fire Training

Aqua 7 has always prided itself in teaching by showing and demonstration, the safe and proper way to use a personal watercraft to remove a victim from an aquatic environment and bring that person to a safer area. All of our instructors have done what we train for years in both instructing and in real life rescue for their agencies. We teach how to rescue persons from flood waters, swift water environments, static water, and surf rescue. We live the curriculum we teach.The course of Aqua 7 has depth and earns the respect of every trainer teaching water rescue operations.

All Aqua 7 classes develop an Incident Action Plan (IAP) before the first day of instruction. For the plan to be complete each agency is request to obtain information and make contacts. This plan is to assure the safety of each class member and the immediate knowledge of resources should they be needed during the class. While this is only a precaution that has never been needed, it is invaluable to the agency and the students.

The minimum three day Personal Watercraft Rescue Operations course is custom designed to each agency. With years of teaching and operating on all different aspects of water, this has become a favorable quality for Aqua 7 and the agency it instructs.

The course starts off with a 4 hour, in classroom discussion about:

The philosophy, perception and history of PWC use:

At Aqua 7 we believe knowledge needs to go along with every manipulative lesson we teach so you know how to do it and why you’re doing it. In addition each operator needs to know what the perception is of personal watercraft to the locals around the area they will be using them for rescue operations. You will be surprised!

  • Personal watercraft safety training:
    This is, by industry standard, the most important block of the course. Each student is required to successfully complete their states, providence or countries, safety boating course as a prerequisite. If a student does not have a certificate, a note from their agency is required to prove they have met the safety standards of their state, providence or country. Most states in America have booklets you can obtain, read, study and then take a test on the subject matter.

    Orientation to the personal watercrafts, the terminology used by the industry for the certain parts of the craft and the safety involved with checking the craft for both pre-operations and post operations are covered in the classroom to emphasis the importance of each and every check.

    The water that the agency will be training in, the methods of reading it, understanding it and studying it, and the methods of reading the geology that surrounds the water will all be discussed and discussed again once out there on the water to show the benefit of being able to read the geology to understand the hydrology of waters movement.
     
  • Risk management
    Reading the water, is respect to the water that you will be traveling in. Read and respect the water and you will excel in this course.

If this course teaches one subject it is to understand the environment you are working in. While a student can become extremely proficient at operating a craft, we teach they still have to consider the water environment they will be in. Some days the water is like glass and some days the river, lake or ocean can be unforgiving. Risk management teaches the knowledge of your abilities and to read and respect the conditions of the water.

The rest of the first day is learning the launching and recovery of the personal watercrafts’. The need and quickness of the pre-operations check and the need for the post operations will become evident by the end of the first day. The urgency of doning your personal protective equipment (PPE) and then as team mates checking each other to make sure each is adequately dressed and properly secured for the operation. Team work is taught from the beginning to the end, because no operation happens by one person, it takes a team. Each student will learn the technique needed for that agency’s need to get the personal watercrafts’ into the water, rather that means backing a trailer down a launch ramp, or out into the water or using a rolleze to get the crafts from the trailer to the water. Each student will learn they need to be proficient at this step of the response process.

Day one ends with puling the crafts out of the water, a de-briefing along with a question and answer session. Students are encouraged to bring up any miss-understanding as the course goes by quickly and can lead to a need for defining instruction.

Day two is on the water learning the operational controls of the personal watercrafts and the ability and limitation it and each student has. PWC’s with a sled attached, are perhaps the most advantages crafts designed for water rescue use. With proper training and discipline your agencies program will continue for years. Risk management from the first days class room session is further discussed as students learn their limitations with the crafts.

Day three is when the abilities and limitations all come together. Students will operate in the water they will be working in, be it static, dynamic or surf. Aqua 7 will teach the lessons needed to perform rescues in the water that your agency has to deal with. This is when risk management, abilities and limitations all come together to perform rescues from the water. Students wont only perform rescues they will inform their instructors how they are going to perform the rescue and what dangers they are looking at before they perform the successful rescue. Students must be aware of all aspects of the rescue. This is how Aqua 7 turns out proficient, but not yet experienced students for your agency.

The course outline:

DAY 1:
General PWC Information

1-1 Course Introduction, Instructor and Student Introduction 00:30
2-1 Philosophy and Perception 01:00
3-1 Safety, Rules of the Road 00:30
4-1 Risk Assessment 01:00
5-1 Orientation and Terminology of a Personal Watercraft 01:00
6-1 Launching, Performing Pre and Post Operational Inspection 01:30
7-1 Basic Personal Watercraft Operational Buoy Course 02:30

DAY 2:
Dynamic Flow Module

8-1 Embarking and Disembarking a Personal Watercraft 01:00
9-1 Maneuvering a Personal Watercraft in Dynamic Flow 03:00
10-1 Righting a Rolled Personal Watercraft 01:00
11-1 Swimming in a Disabled Personal Watercraft 01:30
12-1 Performing a Victim Pick Off 01:30

Surf Module

8-1 Embarking and Disembarking a Personal Watercraft 01:00
9-1 Maneuvering a Personal Watercraft in Dynamic Flow 03:00
10-1 Righting a Rolled Personal Watercraft 01:00
11-1 Swimming in a Disabled Personal Watercraft 01:30
12-1 Performing a Victim Pick Off 01:30

DAY 3:
Dynamic Flow Module

13-1 Performing a Conscious Victim Pick Up with a Sled 01:30
14-1 Performing an Un-Conscious Victim Pick Up with a Sled 01:30
15-1 Performing a Conscious Victim Pick Up without a Sled 01:30
16-1 Performing an Un-Conscious Victim Pick Up without a Sled 01:30
17-1 Performing a Rope Crossing Against a Dyanmic Flow 01:00
18-1 Servicing a Flooded Personal Watercraft 00:30
19-1 Performing and Logging Daily and Weekly Routine Maintenance 00:30

Surf Module

13-1 Performing a Conscious Victim Pick Up with a Sled 01:30
14-1 Performing an Un-Conscious Victim Pick Up with a Sled 01:30
15-1 Performing a Conscious Victim Pick Up without a Sled 01:30
16-1 Performing an Un-Conscious Victim Pick Up without a Sled 01:30
17-1 Performing a Flushing Operation of a Personal Watercraft 01:00
18-1 Servicing a Flooded Personal Watercraft 00:30
19-1 Performing and Logging Daily and Weekly Routine Maintenance 00:30

 

 

 

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