The ‘Water Safety / Rescue Awareness’, one-day course run by Birmingham & Midland Marine Services, complies with the Annex ‘H’ syllabus requirements DEFRA ‘Flood Rescue Concept of Operations’ scheme (November 2019 revision) at DEFRA Module / Level 1) Water Awareness.
It is both undertaken by the Environment Agency and approved for their contractors, sub-contractors and third-party works personnel.
Covering ‘open water’, ‘still water’, ‘rivers’, ‘lifejacket-user’, ‘co-worker rescues’ amongst other highly practical skills for personnel working on, near or above the water.
Candidates can expect a mix of classroom and shore-based theory and practical training followed by an afternoon in the river in full aquatic PPE to emergency services standard. (Buoyancy Aids rather than Lifejackets in the river – Lifejacket deployment is a bolt-on, please contact us for details)
Our water safety & rescue courses are HSE, CDM Regulations 2015 and DEFRA compliant.
‘Annex H’ training is the benchmark one day water safety / rescue training for EA / non 999 personnel and unlike a standard DEFRA Module 1) course that lasts for one year, the Annex ‘H’ qualification has a period of three years before expiry.
Full aquatic PPE can be hired if required.
This course also ticks the boxes for ‘blue-light’ agencies, both full-time, part-time, and of course the voluntary sector such as Search & Rescue and Mountain Rescue Teams.
To enable students to understand the issues and hazards associated in working on, near and in water and to undertake a suitable rescue response from the bank. ‘Annex H’ considerations for flood & ‘in-water’ operations.
Annex ‘H’ Syllabus – Courses can be tailored to your working practices & environment.
- Use of PFD / Life Jacket
- Throwline Characteristics
- Throwline Practical
- Swimming Skills Defensive and Aggressive swimming techniques
- Rescue from Water
- Limitations of Training
- Identification of hazards in the water environment
- Risk mitigation
- Hydrology: Still water & River
- Safety measures when working near water.
- Physiology effects of cold-water entry
- Physiology of drowning
- Emergency action planning
- Low risk rescue options
- Hierarchy of rescues
- Rescue equipment – throwbags, wading poles and reach rescue system.
- Aquatic PPE including drysuit user’s induction, lifejackets, and buoyancy aids.
- Wading – individual & group
- Flood environment considerations
- Co-worker rescues from the bank
- Accidental Immersion – Defensive & aggressive swimming in the event of an accidental immersion
- Health and welfare
- Medical considerations