Water and Flood Awareness (AW)

A classroom-based course, designed to provide personnel who may be working near water with sufficient knowledge to be aware of the hazards created by this environment, and develop an understanding of water rescue techniques. The Water and Flood Awareness course is for those supporting rescue teams. The comparable course for personnel within industry who may be called to work near water is Water Awareness and Safety (WAS).

Contact hours

6 hours (1 day)



  • None


Course standard

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


Defra level:

Module 1 - Water Awareness - General water safety awareness training and basic land-based rescue techniques

View all Rescue 3 Europe Defra module courses



Qualification valid for:

3 years


Taught by:


Student manual PDF download:

 AW manual - English (en) 


 AW manual - French (fr)