Water and Safety Awareness  - Non Defra Compliant

Water and Safety Awareness - Non Defra Compliant

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Course Overview :

A classroom-based course that looks at the hazards and risk 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 Water Awareness and Safety course is an industry level course for all personnel who may be called to work near water. The comparable course for those supporting rescue teams is Water and Flood Awareness

Course Length :

3.5 hours (Half Day)

Defra Level : 

Non Defra Compliant - (May be required for access to Environment Agency Sites)

Prerequisites :


Certificate valid for :

3 Years 

Course Information :

This training is designed to make people aware of the hazards associated with
water and to carry out basic land-based rescue techniques.
The dangers of working near water are explained and basic safety measures are
introduced to the student.
The session includes awareness of water-related hazards, water hydrology,
scene organisation, principles of water safety, varying rescue options including
low to high risk options and introduction to basic water safety PPE.
The training is split into separate units which cover the essential
knowledge and understanding plus the practical application of items of equipment. The practical units are delivered as dry land sessions.


Course Content includes :

  • Knowledge and understanding relating to Learning Outcomes
  • Water rescue standards
  • Hazards of the water environment
  • Locks and weirs
  • Ice, mud and other unstable surfaces
  • Under water hazards
  • Casualty ( human and animal )
  • Communications and visibility
  • Water/ flood and weather conditions
  • Safety measures when working near water
  • Defensive swimming position
  • Effects of cold water
  • Personal Protective Equipment - selection and care
  • Self rescue/ recovery
  • Basic rescue formula
  • Use of rescue equipment
  • Being rescued