Water and Flood Safety Awareness DEFRA Level 1  /

Safe Working Near Water (DEFRA Level 1 Flood Awareness) - Currently Unavailable due to Covid-19 Regulations

(Emergency Personnel/Commercial & Industrial Users)

This course provides the knowledge and techniques to allow employees to provide bank-based rescue cover for their colleagues working next to basic water environments (eg small lakes, canals, sheltered harbours, and marinas where use of a powered safety boat is not required).

Course length:

14 hours (2 days)

Course content includes:

  • Standards in Water Rescue
  • The 'absolutes' of Water and Flood Rescue
  • Rescuer safety
  • Water and flood dynamics, hydrology and hazards
  • Basic swiftwater swimming and self rescue
  • Flood theory
  • On-scene safety briefing and site control
  • Pre-planning and incident management
  • Drowning, medical and personal welfare considerations
  • Mud, ice and unstable surface considerations
  • Communications
  • 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