Lifejacket competent user

Lifejacket competent user

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Lifejacket Competent User

For personnel who will operate in the warm zone at a water rescue incident and personnel who will operate near water as part of their key job function, eg construction workers, EA water hydrometry staff etc. As such, it is not intended that they will enter the water, and a manual or auto inflation lifejacket is worn as PPE for accidental water entry only.

Course length

  • 6 hours (1 day)

Course content includes

  • Water rescue hazards
  • Basic water hydrology
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Risk zones
  • Cold water immersion
  • Personal protective equipment
  • PFD types and standards
  • Firing mechanisms
  • Selection and correct fitting of lifejacket as part of PPE system
  • Adaption for high risk areas
  • Periodic maintenance/inspection regime
  • Pre-use and post-use checks
  • Accidental immersion and auto inflation
  • Still water swimming drills
  • Moving water swimming drills
  • Manual inflation and deflation
  • Rescue drills with lifejacket


  • Must be a confident swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18

Qualification valid for

  • 3 years

 Taught by

  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Instructor
  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Advanced Instructor