Flood Rescue Boat Operator


The Flood Rescue Boat Operator training course is a 3-day training course that covers all elements of the RBO course and adds a flood rescue capability. It is ideal for any rescue teams who may attend flood events with boats to provide a rescue capability in still or slow moving water.

Course Specifications
Duration: 3 days (It can also be run as a 1-day module for those who already hold the RBO qualification or RYA powerboating level 2)
Prerequisites: Swiftwater and Flood First Responder or alternative Defra module 2 qualification
Certified by: Rescue 3 Europe
Qualification valid for: 3 years

Course Content Includes:

  • Scope of operations
  • Boat & hull types
  • Drive units
  • Maintenance
  • Pre & post trip checks & procedures
  • Rescue boat equipment
  • PPE
  • Communications
  • Weather considerations
  • Navigation considerations
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Other craft sleds & platforms
  • Flood & moving water hazards
  • Medical & decontamination considerations
  • Launching & recovery
  • Crew operational roles
  • Boat handling under power and with paddles
  • Towing
  • Anchoring
  • Wading
  • Flips & rights
  • Controlling boats with ropes
  • Crew person overboard & recovery
  • Casualty pick up
  • Casualty management
  • Boat based throwbag rescue
  • Transferring & transporting difficult loads
  • Boat based stretcher management
  • Rescues from elevated positions
  • Searching floods
  • Night / poor visibility operations
  • Vehicles in water
  • Helicopter considerations

Course Dates

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 There are currently no course dates available. Please contact us to arrange a date.

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