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Safe Working Near Water


Designed in accordance with DEFRA standards, this half-day classroom-based course looks at the hazards associated with inland (lakes, canals, rivers) and coastal water.

It looks at basic control measures and safe working practices that can be introduced, including types of PPE and their use.

The Safe Working Near Water course provides personnel who may be responding to water rescue incidents with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the moving water environment and will enable delegates to recognise hazards and be able to conduct self-rescue in moving water, conduct wading rescues in shallow, moving water and assist the Swiftwater Rescue Technician at a technical rescue incident.  Line crossing methods and using ropes in rescue situations will also be taught.

The Safe Working Near Water course is designed for industry, civil engineering, and other workers near water.

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

Refreshments are provided by Rescue Specialist.

The qualification is valid for 3 years.

Course Objectives

The course will cover:

  • Training standards
  • Hydrology and water hazards
  • Personal equipment
  • Rescue equipment considerations
  • Pre-planning
  • Risk assessments
  • Incident size-up considerations
  • Site control
  • Medical and decontaminationconsiderations
  • Considerations for night/poor visibility operations
  • Mud, ice and unstable surface considerations
  • Communications
  • Accidental immersion considerations
  • Receiving a throwbag


Delegates must be aged 18 or over.

Prior Qualifications Required


Equipment Required

All equipment will be provided by Rescue Specialist.

Course Code



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Course Ratio

12 : 1


Half Day

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