Flood Rescue Boat Operator (FRBO)

The Flood Rescue Boat Operator training course is 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.


Course length:

3 days

It can also be run as a 1-day module for those who already hold the RBO qualification.

It can also be run as a 2-day module for those who already hold an International Certificate of Competence or equivalent national course, eg RYA powerboating level 2.


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
  • Launching & recovery
  • Crew operational roles
  • Boat handling under power and with paddles
  • Towing
  • Anchoring
  • Wading
  • Flips & rights
  • Controlling boats with ropes
  • 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
  • Searching floods
  • Night / poor visibility operations
  • Vehicles in water
  • Helicopter considerations




Course standard

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


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Student manual PDF download:

FRBO manual - English (en) 



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