Water and Flood Awareness (AW)

A classroom-based course, designed to provide personnel who may be working near water with sufficient knowledge to be aware of the hazards created by this environment, and develop an understanding of water rescue techniques. The Water and Flood Awareness course is for those supporting rescue teams. The comparable course for personnel within industry who may be called to work near water is Water Awareness and Safety (WAS).

Contact hours

6 hours (1 day)


  • None

Course content includes

  • Rescue 3 philosophy
  • Training standards
  • Best practice guidelines for water rescue
  • Hydrology and water hazards
  • Personal equipment
  • Technical and team equipment
  • Pre-planning
  • Risk assessments
  • Incident size-up considerations
  • Incident management and site control
  • Medical and decontamination considerations
  • Considerations for night/poor visibility operations
  • Mud, ice and unstable surface considerations
  • Communications
  • Accidental immersion considerations
  • Floodwater dynamics and hazards
  • Flood theory
  • Dry land practice of conditional rescues – talk, reach, throw (if used by agency)

Course standard, learning outcomes and key teaching points

Rescue 3 Europe course standards, learning outcomes and key teaching points

The course standards, learning outcomes and key teaching points are provided as pre- and post-course reference for people involved in the delivery of Rescue 3 courses (eg Rescue 3 training providers, instructors and students). They are not to be used for any other purpose without the express written permission of Rescue 3 Europe.

Defra level:

Module 1 – Water Awareness – General water safety awareness training and basic land-based rescue techniques

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Qualification valid for:

3 years

Taught by:

Student resources

Student resources for Rescue 3 courses can be accessed here.

Instructor resources

Instructor resources for Rescue 3 courses can be accessed here.

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