Water Safety

Rescue Water Safety
RLSS Water Safety Management

First Responder

  • WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
  • PREREQUISITES
  • COURSE CONTENT/OUTCOME
  • COURSE DURATION
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
  • COST
  • Rescues requiring bank based Operations NOT expecting to do in water rescues
  • Be a confident swimmer
  • Candidates will leave with the Rescue 3 SFFR certificate valid for 3 years.
  • 2 days
  • All Technical equipment will be supplied
  • £225

Swiftwater & Flood First Responder

As well as being prepared to work around the water and undertake bank based and shallow water wading rescues, one of the key roles of a First Responder is to support the teams of Swiftwater Rescue Technicians during an incident. To enable this, a First Responder will have skills in shallow water working, basic boat handling, basic rope work, and the ability to self-rescue.

A First Responder will be expected to help and support in technical rescue, but will not be expected to perform them. 

This may include providing downstream safety cover or assistance with casualty handling. Flooding operations may include evacuation of people from properties using shallow water working skills. At a scene of major flooding the Technicians may be in short supply and utilised for technical rescues. Therefore it is First Responders who will be used to undertake the majority of evacuations and safety provision.

The Swiftwater & Flood First Responder one and two day courses will include:

  • 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
Pre-requisite for Attending the Course: 
Must be a confident swimmer

Swift Water Rescue Technicians Advanced

  • WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
  • PREREQUISITES
  • COURSE CONTENT/OUTCOME
  • COURSE DURATION
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
  • COST
  • Technicians wanting to renew their SFRT but up skill – Technicians wanting night operation skills – Technicians wanting to become instructors SFRT instructors
  • Have completed the Rescue 3 Swift water and flood rescue technician
  • Candidates will leave with the Rescue 3 SFRTA certificate valid for 3 years
  • 5 days
  • All Technical equipment will be supplied
  • £600

Swift Water & Flood Rescue Technician Advanced

This course further develops the in-water, rope, and search techniques introduced at SRT to provide the techniques to operate in more complex and advanced environments including night operations.

COURSE CONTENT
Includes:

  • Re-cap & development of SRT in-water and rope skills
  • In-water operations at night
  • Casualty care, handling and transport
  • River & flood search operations and management
  • Highline boat rescue options
  • Twin line high angle raising and lowering operations
  • Considerations for operating from ropes above & into water
  • Introduction to Kootney highline rope systems
COURSE PRE-REQUISITES
Current Rescue 3 SRT certification or alternative Defra Module 3 compliant certification

DURATION

5 days

Swift Water and Flood Rescue Technician

  • WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
  • PREREQUISITES
  • COURSE CONTENT/OUTCOME
  • COURSE DURATION
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
  • COST
  • Technicians needing to enter the water and do higher risk in water rescues, in flood and white water situations
  • Be a confident swimmer
  • Candidates will leave with the Rescue 3 SWFRT certificate valid for 3 years
  • 4 days
  • All Technical equipment will be supplied
  • £480

Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician

This training course is intended for those who will be required to carry out rescues in a Swiftwater & flood environment – Emergency Services personnel, Mountain Rescue Teams etc.

The course is based on the philosophy of self-protection and application of low to high risk solutions.

Course content

This is a four day course designed to provide you with the necessary skills to perform rescues in a swiftwater & flood environment. It is both classroom and river-based and will include:

  • Hydrology
  • Introduction to technical rescue equipment
  • Hazard identification & risk assessment
  • Introduction to rope systems
  • Swimming in moving water
  • Medical considerations
  • Basic boat-handling skills
  • Scene management
  • Contact and in-water rescues
  • Basic incident command
  • Crossing techniques
  • Search Operations
  • Flat water boat handling
Pre-requisite for Attending the Course
Must be a confident swimmer

White Water Rescue Technician

  • WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
  • PREREQUISITES
  • COURSE CONTENT/OUTCOME
  • COURSE DURATION
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
  • COST
  • Technicians, River guides  working in and around water
  • Be a confident swimmer
  • Candidates will leave with the Rescue 3 WRT certificate valid for 3 years
  • 3 days
  • All Technical equipment will be supplied
  • £340

Whitewater Rescue Technician

This is a three-day course designed for the Outdoor Professional with existing river experience to provide you with the necessary skills to perform rescues in whitewater river situations. It is both classroom and river-based and will include:

  • Hydrology and water dynamics
  • Introduction to technical rescue equipment
  • Hazard identification & risk assessment
  • Introduction to rope systems
  • Swimming in moving water
  • Medical considerations
  • Foot and body entrapments
  • Scene management
  • Contact and in-water rescues
  • Two and Four point boat and rope system
  • Crossing techniques
  • Boat pins and entrapments
Pre-requisites for Attending the Course
Confident swimming in moving water
River / whitewater experience recommended

RLSS Water Safety Management

  • WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
  • PREREQUISITES
  • COURSE CONTENT/OUTCOME
  • COURSE DURATION
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
  • COST
  • • Anyone working with or supervising children near water
    • Anyone working near water
    • Anyone in charge of people working near water
  • Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with navigation and chartwork to the level of Day Skipper Shorebased certificate.  VHF/SRC operators certificate and first aid certificate.
  • Preparation for sea, boat handling, passage making and responsibility as skipper, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, use of engines, emergency situations, night cruising
  • 2 days including at least 1 night navigation exercise
  • All specialist equipment provided
  • £to be confirmed

Overview – Royal Life Saver Society WSMP

OST is a registered provider of the Royal Life Saver Society’s Water Safety Management Programme.  This course is a RLSS UK certified award.  Composed of 3 modules, individuals or groups can take one module (starting with module one) or can do all three in around 2.5 days.

By offering this course, we aim to:

  • Teach anyone working in, on or in close proximity to water with vital knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about essential safety
  • Foster personal safety skills for individuals working around water by themselves
  • Empower group leaders to carry out safer activity in open water locations
  • Teach effective Emergency Response Skills for workers in a water based environments

The Course

The Water Safety Management Programme comprises 3 modules:

Module 1, candidates cover the key theoretical aspects to water safety. In Module 2, they then move on to learn about environment specific water safety management that encompasses the hazards associated with still water, river and/or beach environments and basic rescue techniques. Module 3 covers in-water rescue knowledge and tests the candidates competency.

Supporting Employers - Protecting Employees

RLSS UK has developed the National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) to provide a flexible water safety training solution for a wide range of employers who require their workforce to operate safely in or near water.

The NWSMP programme is a key step forward in helping employers meet their civil and statutory water safety management obligations, especially where employees have supervisory responsibilities in or near water. Many people working near the water margins receive minimal or no water safety training due to water safety training often taking a back seat compared to more traditional and recognised health and safety training. Through consultation with industry and lead bodies, RLSS UK have identified this gap in water safety training provision and launched NWSMP to close the gap, improving water safety across a wide range of working environments and operational sectors.

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