Water Rescue Training

There is no legislation relating to the provision of water safety training.  However, Regulations made under the Health & Safety at work Act 1974 require that exposure of employees to any risk must be assessed and controlled.  Where appropriate this will involve the provision of training, collective protection and individual protection: including, personal protective equipment.

Where the activities of an employer include working on, near or in water, then adequate training must be provided.   For personnel required to work in flood conditions, more advanced training will be required and water rescue training will be appropriate for many response agencies.

Rapier Training Personnel can deliver the entire spectrum of water related training from basic familiarization to rescue boat handling and water incident command.  These different training courses offer the following general content::

Basic Water Safety

  • Introduction to Water Safety
  • Identification of Hazards and Avoidance of Accidents
  • Dynamic Risk Assessment
  • Identification of Water Safety Facilities
  • Actions on Seeing Somebody in Water,
  • Actions on Accidental Entry to Water.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Including buoyancy aids and life jackets)

Working in and on Water

As Basic Water Safety plus the following:

  • Safe working on boats
  • Safe working on structures
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Working in Water
  • Personal Survival
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Working in Flood Conditions

Water Rescue

  • Rope Rescue
  • Water Rescue Technician
  • Rescue Boat Operator
  • Water Rescue Coordination and Command