The Swift Water Advanced Rescue
Device was initially designed by David Hayles, a highly-trained
water rescue professional, in response to swift water rescue
needs within the Los Angeles River system, a heavily cemented
waterway. The SWARD is a quick-deploying portable safety
device, ideally suited for a rescue situation where there
is no stable footing.
The Swift Water Advanced Rescue Device
is quick-deployment net laddering system. The safety device
was designed to be strong, yet allow debris to flow away
or easily be removed. The 1st line constructed of 7,500
lb commercial grade polypropylene rope, elected
for it’s strength & buoyancy rating. The 2nd
line is constructed of industrial grade
(+14,500 lbs tensile strength) polyethylene rope .
The device anchors vertically to bridge
overpass or any stationary object such as the front eye
of a fire truck. It hangs down into rescue or catch zone
to sift victim from the water or hazardous area.
Its tough yet flexible construction provides a versatile
climbing form for descending / ascending into or out of
the danger zone.
each 2' W x 30' L
each 3' W x 30' L
5' W x 30' L
2' W x 50' L
training session upon request
Custom made by request only
The SWARD is patent-pending with the
US Patent Office.
This multi-versatile safety device was designed for water
rescues from aqueducts, rivers and lakes. Its design makes
it an excellent ice rescue tool, as well
as an extremely effective help in embankment and cliff
rescues. In wilderness areas, where rescues are often
difficult due to terrain and weather, the SWARD can be
deployed on weak slopes, and in holes and crevasses.
Why use the SWARD?
The Swift Water Advanced Rescue Device helps rescuers
not become victims themselves during the rescue by providing
a stable platform. This stability and ease of deployment
gives valuable access to any hazard zone or precarious
situations. The strong design and materials allow the
SWARD to handle multiple victims and rescuers at the same
It’s 100% buoyant, flexible enough to wind through
a honey-combed cave, and bright enough to lead the way
Most of all, the sturdy and open ladder design allows
victims to help themselves which keep less rescuers from