K9 Handler Water Survival

K9 Handler Water Survival

The K9 Water Survival Operators course focuses on the special challenges faced by K9 handlers and their animals that operate in and around aquatic environments.  K9 handlers are often tasked with responding to situations that present water based hazards including flooded basements and elevator shafts, covered pools, flash floods, and waterfront exposures.

This course will provide the handlers faced with life threatening aquatic situations, the skills needed to perform critical decision making techniques and tactics.  Students will learn to survive in water over their heads, and in full gear with their K9.  This course is taught through the use of classroom and pool based practical sessions.

Students will take part in exhaustive swimming drills and scenario based exercises where they must show the ability to function in a maritime environment.  This program includes innovative and cutting edge training.  Students will be exposed to situations and stressors that will inoculate them to the extreme shock and emotional duress that occur during aquatic incidents.