DEFRA Module 2) Outreach Rescue ‘Water Safety / Rescue First Responder’


The ‘Water Rescue First Responder’, two-day course complies with the DEFRA ‘Flood Rescue Concept of Operations’ scheme at DEFRA Module / Level 2).



To enable students to further understand the issues and hazards associated in working on, near and in water and to undertake a suitable rescue response.


Course Content

The course includes the Water Safety Awareness syllabus plus:

  • Scene management
  • Hydrology and associated hazards
  • Correct use of PPE
  • Self-Rescue
  • Use of rescue equipment including lines, reach poles.
  • Movement in Shallow water
  • Casualty Management
  • Communication systems



After successful completion of the course, the student will have a firm foundation of knowledge and skills and should be able to:

  • Within a range of water environments, assess the influences and apply processes to establish suitable dynamic risk assessment.
  • Interpret the impact of water flow, hazards such as stoppers, in-water obstacles, mud, ice, etc.
  • Assess those at risk, risk areas and influence of environmental issues, temperature, wind, rainfall, hazmat, etc.
  • Apply safe working practices and understand the issues surrounding choice and application of PPE, skills’ maintenance, and development issues.
  • Analyse the issues of shallow water crossings, use of appropriate lines and evacuation procedures.