Water and Flood Awareness (AW)

A classroom-based course that looks at the hazards and risk associated with inland (lakes, canals, rivers) and coastal water. It looks at basic control measures and safe working practices that can be introduced, including types of PPE and their use. The Water Awareness and Safety course is an industry level course for all personnel who may be called to work near water. The comparable course for those supporting rescue teams is Water and Flood Awareness (AW).

This course was formerly known as Safe Working Near Water (SWNW) and this shouldn’t be confused with the current course Safe Working in Water (SWIW).

Course length:

3.5 hours (0.5 days)



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Course standard

Rescue 3 Europe WAS 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

Learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors

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


Qualification valid for:

3 years


Taught by:



Student manual PDF download:

 WAS manual - English (en) 


 WAS manual - French (fr)