Co-Worker Rescue from Water - Basic and Moving (CWRWBM)

This course provides the knowledge and techniques for employees who need to work in or near water. It covers appropriate PPE and simple rescue techniques to allow safe rescue from water, both basic and moving, and gives simple rescue techniques that can be used to rescue co-workers.

This replaces the Co-Worker Rescue from Water (CWRW) courses. Its name shouldn’t be confused with the old Safe Working Near Water (SWNW) course, which has now been replaced by Water Awareness and Safety (WAS). For standby rescue teams and other people within industry who require a higher
capability than Safe Working in Water, it is recommended that they take the Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT) course, or Basic Water Rescuer (BWR) depending on the environment they’re tasked to.

Course length:

  • 12 hours (2 days)


  • Must be a confident swimmer
  • Minimum age 18


Course standard

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


Qualification valid for:

  • 3 years


Taught by:


Student manual PDF download:

 SWIW manual - English (en)