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This course aims to introduce basic Swiftwater rescue principles and techniques, in order to allow personnel to support Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRTs) at incidents. To enable this, a First Responder should have the ability to self-rescue and perform conditional rescues, as well as basic shallow water techniques. First responders may perform basic shallow water work in areas where the risk and consequence of a malfunction is negligible.

Equivalent to a Defra Module 2 - Water First Responder– To work safely near and in water using land-based and wading techniques.

Course Content Includes

  • Rescuer safety
  • Water and flood dynamics and hazards
  • Personal and team equipment
  • On-scene safety briefing and site control
  • Pre-planning and incident management
  • Medical and personal welfare considerations
  • Considerations for night operations
  • Mud, ice, and unstable surface considerations
  • Communications
  • Basic Swiftwater swimming and self-rescue
  • Bank based rescue options
  • Shallow water techniques
  • Two and four point boat and rope system
  • Inflated fire hose
  • Continuous loop shallow water rope system

Qualification Valid for 3 years

Ratios: Minimum 1:4             Maximum 1:12

Included: All our courses are offered on a residential basis and includes all required kit, providing boots, helmets, buoyancy aids, throw bags, and full Aquatek dry suits during delivery, at no additional cost.

If you are considering this training course and want to talk to somebody, please contact us on E: or  F: 0300 300 3112

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Course Information

Duration: 2 Days

Time: 0915-17.00

Minimum Standard: Must be a confident swimmer

Minimum age: 18 yrs