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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.