DEFRA Module 1) with optional ‘Annex H’ syllabus: Outreach Rescue ‘Water Safety / Rescue Awareness’


The Outreach Rescue ‘Water Safety / Rescue Awareness’, one-day course complies with the DEFRA ‘Flood Rescue Concept of Operations’ scheme (November 2019 revision) at DEFRA Module / Level 1) Water Awareness.

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.

Our water safety & rescue courses are CDM Regulations 2015 and DEFRA compliant.

‘Annex H’ training – for EA / non 999 personnel available by arrangement.

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
  • 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
  • Contamination


Course places start from

  • £225.00 (Annex ‘H’) per candidate plus venue / kit hire costs if applicable. Full day. (Based on 6-8 candidates)
  • £185.00 per candidate plus venue / kit hire costs if applicable. Full day(Based on 8-12 candidates)
  • £85.00 per candidate, half-day, classroom, and dry land practical course. (Based on 12 candidates) Please see the ‘Shore-Based’ / ‘Classroom Orientated’ courses page