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This course is intended for emergency services, or rescue teams who will be required to carry out rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment. Incorporating all elements from the FRBO course, adding a swiftwater capability suitable for fast moving rivers and flash flood conditions, it is based on the philosophy of self-protection, and application of low to high risk solutions.

Equivalent to a Defra Module 3 - Water Rescue Technician - Specialist rescue operation.

Course Content Includes

  • Scope of operations
  • Boat & hull types1275
  • Pre & post trip checks & procedures
  • Rescue boat equipment and PPE
  • Communications
  • Weather, navigation, and helicopter considerations
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Other craft sleds & platforms
  • Flood & moving water hazards
  • Medical & decontamination considerations
  • Rescuer safety & training
  • Weir considerations
  • Launching & recovery
  • Crew and Swiftwater crew operational roles
  • Boat and Swiftwater boat handling under power and with paddles
  • Controlling boats with ropes
  • Crew person overboard & recovery
  • Casualty pick up and management, and Swiftwater casualty pick up
  • Boat based throwbag rescue
  • Transferring & transporting difficult loads
  • Boat based stretcher management
  • Rescues from elevated positions
  • Boat based tethered swimmer rescues
  • Searching swiftwater & floods
  • Night / poor visibility operations in swiftwater

Qualification Valid for 3 years

Ratios: Minimum 1:2             Maximum 1:4

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: 5 Days

Time: 0915-17.00

Minimum Standard: Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician

Minimum age: 18 yrs