Stage 5 Expert Level


This five-day, 40-hour Stage 5 course is designed to provide relevant professional development for operational use for Rescue Water Craft. Stage 5 training is an education and readiness program for safe boat handling covering academic and skills-based knowledge.

This 5-day course includes stages 1-4. This Stage 5 training course is will enhance, improve and develop procedures, standards and improvements of operation for the essential tasks required to operate a Rescue Water Craft (RWC), Personal Water Craft (PWC) or MRV (Marine Reconnaissance Vehicle).
Open Water Course

*Pre-requisite applies: NASBLA or Equivalent Basic Boating Certificate
Agency Approval to Attend
Minimum Age of 18
*All course fees are set for a minimum of 6 students per course to host, if the minimum is not met the course will be cancelled, postponed or the full fee will be applied. Water conditions for training are dependent on weather, site location and seasonal environment.
This course is open to public safety agency personnel who use Rescue Water Craft for water safety, SAR or general duties; such as law enforcement, fire rescue, lifeguard, volunteer services of the general qualifying public.


Stage 5 - Level V - Expert
Course ID: #K38-RWC-215-5
Hours: 40
Course Fee: $1825.00 USD
Certificate stream of expert applications of assessment of the principles, standards and risks as applied to the course modules, goals and tasks. The fifth level of student development. The fifth Level of Instructor development. Focuses include advanced workplace safety, simple response protocols. Content applying the risk management, task analysis, situational awareness, planning, hazard awareness and avoidance and personal survival. Compound workplace safety functions of all risk, compound (multiple) rescue responses. Managing the personal, equipment and protocol limits, and performing complex (multiple level) rescue responses in Low, Moderate, High, Severe, and Extreme risk environments. An instructor Subject Matter Expert and Court Appointed Expert.
Certificate Title: Certificate of Performance
a) Extreme Risk Environment (Black)
b) With risk Level 5 mandate assessment and tasks

FACILITY LEARNING 50%: The academic classroom presentation segment is lecture and hands-on based on:

a. Standards, policies and procedures
b. Laws, rules and regulations
c. Best practices-fundamentals
d. Injury-accident review and prevention
e. Safety mindset
f. Operational practices, task analysis
g. Maintenance of equipment
h. Transport: launching/recovery of boats
i. PPE use and inspection
j. Risk management, hazard awareness and avoidance
k. Appliance and accessory devices
l. Communications

FIELD EXERCISES 50%: This Stage 5 course program is a skill-based tier layered hands-on training with emphasis on:

a. Vessel familiarity and operational knowledge
b. Preventative maintenance and effective balance points of the craft
c. Students will be proficient with 16 realistic standard criterion skills sets.
d. Students in this course will be participating as role players during skillsets
e. This course provides navigation skills during training sea state (water and weather) conditions
f. Collision avoidance and Rules of the Road
g. Throttle management and speed variations with changing weight loads on board the vessel and TAD
h. Optional night operations
i. Recovery of distressed person(s) in the water or from objects
j. Transport and transfer of survivor(s)
k. Maintain a stable vessel underway in dynamic conditions, both day (or night if qualified to do so)
l. Safety practices: recovery, capsizing and righting, observance of changing water and weather conditions, man overboard, submerged vessel, personal survival
m. Troubleshooting equipment issues
n. Towing another vessel
Students shall take daily quizzes, a final exam and maintain course inspection records and notes.
Students will be evaluated on operational skills. Students will be taking notes during the course, daily quizzes and inspection checklists. Students will receive a manual with their quizzes and daily reviews.
Students must successfully pass all phases of instruction, be physically and mentally fit and demonstrate safely and efficiently the boating skills necessary to be a qualified boat Coxswain.
K38 courses are third party assessed/audited by the International Rescue Instructors Association (IRIA) and accredited by the organization, instructors are IRIA approved.
Upon successful completion of all phases of instruction students will receive the following:
1. Stage 5 Expert Level, Risk Level Extreme, Certificate
2. Level 1 Night Operations, Risk Level Extreme Certificate (optional)

1. Agency Course Completion Certificate for Group or Individual Course Participants

a. Course Completion Reference Letter, risk and course badges
b. Course Assessment of Skills-Standards
c. Student Reminders
d. Recurring Training Skill Sheet
e. Student Records Guidebook

a. Student Manual
b. Student registration documents
c. Student Quizzes Stage 1-5
d. Student Inspection Lists Stage 2-5
e. Student Exam
f. Course Daily Breakdown sent upon course approval to proceed (PDF)

It is our goal to guide each student to becoming an individual ‘Competent Person’ to be able to identify hazards, avoidance of hazards, mitigation measures and appropriate responses. (OSHA)