Rescue Boat Operator (RBO)

The Rescue Boat Operator 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.


Course length:

2 days


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
  • Launching & recovery
  • Crew operational roles
  • Boat handling under power and with paddles
  • Towing
  • Anchoring
  • Crew person overboard & recovery
  • Casualty pick up
  • Casualty management



  • Must be a confident swimmer


Course standard

Rescue 3 Europe RBO standard (PDF)

The course standards 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.


Learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors

Rescue 3 Europe RBO learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors (PDF)


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Student manual PDF download:

RBO manual - English (en) 


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