Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator


The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator training course is designed for rescue teams who will perform rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment. This course incorporates all elements from the FRBO course and adds a swiftwater capability suitable for fast moving rivers and flash flood conditions. The teaching methods are progressive, and will build your skills over the five days. This course meets the requirements of the DEFRA Module 4.

Course Specifications
Duration: 5 days (The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator course can also be run as a 4-day add-on module from the RBO, FRBO or RYA level 2 powerboating courses.)
Prerequisites: Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician or alternative Defra module 3 certification
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
  • Boat wraps
  • Rscuer safety & training
  • Weir considerations
  • Launching & recovery
  • Crew operational roles
  • Boat handling under power and with paddles
  • Towing
  • Anchoring
  • Wading
  • Flips & rights
  • Controlling boats with ropes
  • Swiftwater boat handling under power and with paddles
  • Swiftwater crew operational roles
  • 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
  • Boat based tethered swimmer rescues
  • Swiftwater casualty pick up
  • Searching swiftwater & floods
  • Night / poor visibility operations in swiftwater
  • Vehicles in water
  • Helicopter considerations

Course Dates

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