Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Boat Operator

In addition to covering the skills required to helm powerboats in a swiftwater environment this course builds upon skills already learnt in SRT and applies them to working from boats in swiftwater.

Rescue boat training options: Contact us for details

2 Day Class. Rescue Boat Operator: either the  RYA Level 2 Powerboat Award or our own DEFRA compliant Rescue Boat Operator course. Either course is suitable for people with little or no powerboat experience who wish to attain an inland boat handling and rescue boat capability on flat or slow moving water. RBO

3 Day Class: Flood Rescue Boat Operator:  a 3-day course which incorporates all elements of the RBO course and adds flood rescue capability. It is ideal for any emergency service personnel who may attend flood events with boats for low level casualty and victim recovery from a flood or slow moving water environment. FRBO

5 Day Class: Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator: this course is intended for emergency services or rescue teams who will be required to carry out 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. SFRBO

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator Instructor Training: Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Instructor pathway, designed for rescue professionals who want to teach rescue boat classes.

DEFRA Module 4

Course content includes: SFRBO 5 DAYS

  • Scope of operations
  • Boat & hull types
  • Maintenance
  • Pre & post trip checks & procedures
  • Rescue boat equipment
  • PPE
  • Communications
  • Weather considerations
  • Navigation considerations
  • Flood & moving water hazards
  • Medical & decontamination considerations
  • Boat wraps
  • Rescuer safety & training
  • Weir considerations
  • Launch & recovery
  • Crew operational roles
  • Boat handling under power & with paddles
  • Towing
  • Anchoring
  • Wading
  • Flips & rights
  • Controlling boats with ropes
  • Swiftwater boat handling under power & with paddles
  • Swiftwater crew operational roles
  • Crew/person overboard & recovery
  • Casualty management
  • Stretcher management
  • Boat based throwbag rescues
  • Transferring & transporting difficult loads
  • Rescues from elevated positions
  • Boat based tethered swimmer rescues
  • Swiftwater casualty pick ups
  • Searching swiftwater & floods
  • Night/poor visibility operations in swiftwater 

Course pre-requisites

  • Students need to have completed a Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue Technician or equivalent qualification within the last 3 years
  • Students need to hold an RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate or equivalent Rescue 3 Rescue Boat Operators Certification

Click on the link for clarification of RBO, FRBO SFRBO & SFRBOI courses :- www.rescue3europe.com 


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