Hazardous Area Response Team Inland Water Operative

Hazardous Area Response Team Inland Water Operative (HART IWO) course.


Course length:

3 days

Course content includes:

  • Role of HART Operative at water incidents
  • Working with other agencies
  • Training and operational standards
  • Rescuer safety and survival
  • Swiftwater/flood dynamics and hazards
  • Flood theory
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Size-up, pre-planning and ICS
  • On-scene safety briefing and site control
  • Communications
  • Searching rivers and floods
  • Medical decontamination considerations
  • Swiftwater swimming techniques
  • Strainer swim
  • Bank-based rescue techniques
  • Tension diagonals
  • Shallow water techniques
  • Casualty management in water
  • Introduction to boats for swiftwater and flood use
  • Boat crew operational roles
  • Paddle boat handling
  • Boat-based rescue options
  • Boat-based casualty recovery
  • Crew overboard recovery
  • Boat-based casualty management
  • Capsize drill
  • Weir rescues
  • Rescues from vehicles in water
  • Poor visibility/night operations
  • Water-related hazards, mud, ice etc


  • Must be a confident swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18

Qualification valid for:

3 years

Taught by: