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Basic Water Rescuer


Designed in accordance with DEFRA standards, the Basic Water Rescuer course is designed for personnel who may be deployed to a basic (still) water environment, such as lakes, ponds and canals, where they may be required to undertake rescues.

Course materials include a course manual and workbook for your use.

Lunch and refreshments are provided by Rescue Specialist.

The qualification is valid for 3 years.

Course Objectives

The course will cover:

  • Rescuer safety
  • Water and flood hazards
  • Personal and team equipment
  • On-scene safety briefing and site control
  • Pre-planning and incident management
  • Medical and de-contamination considerations
  • Considerations for night operations
  • Mud, ice and unstable surface considerations
  • Communications
  • Basic swimming and self-rescue
  • Bank-based rescue options (e.g. throwbags)
  • Entries and exits to/from the water
  • Shallow water techniques
  • Use of rescue platforms, sleds and boards
  • Tethered swim
  • Untethered swim
  • Use of masks, fins and floating rescue devices
  • Dealing with panicking/stressed casualties
  • C-spine rolls
  • Shallow water search techniques


Delegates must be aged 18 or over and must be a confident swimmer.

Prior Qualifications Required


Equipment Required

All equipment will be provided by Rescue Specialist.

Course Code



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Course Ratio

8 : 1


2 Days

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