Rescues from Vehicles in Water (RVW)

The Rescue from Vehicles in Water (RVW) is a specialist course for Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians that explores the skills required to deal with rescues from vehicles in water. The course looks at vehicle behaviour and stabilisation in water as well as access techniques and casualty extrication. 

Rescues from vehicles in water are a growing hazard faced by Fire and Rescue services. Whilst generic Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician skills and techniques can be utilised for these rescues, current training does not provide realistic and specific exposure to these incidents.

Since 2004 there has been continued development of this specialist course to its present format.

Attending an RVW course is an alternative pathway to recertifying an SRT qualification.

Contact hours

12 hours (2 days)




Course standard

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


Qualification valid for:

3 years


Taught by: