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Water Rescue & Safety

All of our water rescue courses are administered by Rescue 3 Europe whose courses are the only one to offer internationally recognised certification. Certification is valid for three years.

Adventure Consultancy owner and director, Anthony Eddies-Davies, has over 20 years’ experience in technical rescue and swift water environments, his passion for safety and working in this white water environment has led to Adventure Consultancy being a training provider in venues across the UK as well as the Himalayas and was the first to establish training course for the Kingdom of Bhutan. Client groups include the emergency services, professional rescue teams, military, civil defence, agencies and private companies. Anthony was awarded 2019 ‘European Instructor of the year’ by Rescue 3 Europe.

Current courses we deliver include:


Water Awareness and Safety

This course was formerly known as Safe Working Near Water (SWNW)
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.

Course length: 4 hours


Lifejacket Competent User 1

This course is designed for people who are issued with a lifejacket and who will operate near water as part of their job function, eg construction workers etc. As such, it is not intended that they will enter the water, and a manual or auto-inflation lifejacket is worn as PPE for accidental water entry only. LJCU1 is not suitable for personnel tasked to attend flood events. The Lifejacket Competent User 2 (LJCU2) covers flood elements for personnel needing this capability.

Course length: 4 hours


Lifejacket Competent User 2

This course is designed for personnel who are tasked with operating in the warm zone at water rescue incident and personnel who will operate near water as part of their key job function, eg water hydrometery staff etc. As such, it is not intended that they will enter the water, and a manual- or auto-inflation lifejacket is worn as PPE for accidental water entry only. This course contains course content from the Rescue 3 Water and Flood Awareness (AW) course, and so may also be used for personnel tasked to flooding events and issued with lifejackets.

Course Length: 1 Day


Safe Working In Water

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. 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: 2 Days


Basic Water Rescuer

The Basic Water Rescuer 1 course is designed for personnel who may be deployed to a basic (still) water environment, such as lakes, ponds and canals, where they may be required to undertake simple rescues using basic equipment.

Course length: 2 Days



Swiftwater First Responder

As well as being prepared to work around the water and undertake bank based and shallow water wading rescues, one of the main roles of a First Responder is to support the teams of Swiftwater Rescue Technicians at an incident. To enable this, a responder will have the ability to self rescue, skills in shallow water working, basic boat handling and basic rope work.

A First Responder will be expected to help and support in technical rescue, but will not be expected to perform them. This may include providing downstream safety cover or assistance with casualty handling. Flooding operations may include evacuation of people from properties using shallow water working skills. At a scene of major flooding the Technicians may be in short supply and utilised for technical rescues. Therefore it is First Responders who will be used to undertake the majority of evacuations and safety provision.

Course Length: 2 Days



Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician

The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician course complies with Defra Module 3 content requirements, and for many years has been seen as the benchmark training course for swiftwater and flood rescue teams. This training course is intended for personnel who may be required to carry out rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment, including emergency services personnel and mountain rescue teams. A four-day intensive course trains personnel in suitable techniques to undertake rescues in a swift water environment. Using a mixture of theory and practical sessions, the emphasis of the course is to gain enough practical experience to feel confident in and around this environment.

Course Length: 4 days



Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician Advanced – Water

The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Advanced – Water course is for existing Rescue 3 Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians looking at advanced rescue situations both in and over water including search management in a swiftwater and flood environment. This is the water module, which can be taken separately, or combined with the rope module into a single five day Technicians who are working towards their SRT/WRT Instructor qualification will need to do the SRTA-Water as a prerequisite to their Instructor Training course.

Course Length: 3 days



Rescue From Vehicles in Water

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. Can be done as an alternative to recertifying an SRT qualification.

Course Length: 2 Days


Flood Operations for Emergency Planners and Workers

The Flood Operations course has been designed in conjunction with UK district councils and the UK Environment Agency. The aim is to provide emergency planners and emergency workers with the necessary knowledge and techniques to enable them to assess and work in flood environments. The course is a mixture of theory input and in-water practical sessions.

Course Length: 2 Days


White Water Rescue Technician – Foundation

The Whitewater Rescue Technician – Foundation course is designed for white water users such as kayakers, canoeists, pack rafters, stand up paddle boarders with little or no experience, and aims to teach basic safety and rescue skills required in a moderate whitewater environment, and covers the foundation skills used in all our water safety and rescue courses.

Course Length: 1 day


The Whitewater Rescue Technician – Recreational (WRT-REC)

This is a new course for recreational paddlers who wish to have a rescue capability whilst paddling or in a whitewater environment with their peers – for example, kayak club members, informal non-paying paddlers completing a river trip.

This whitewater rescue course is recognised as an alternative to the BC White Water Safety & Rescue Course (required for the BC 4 star).

Course length: 2 days (12 hrs)



The Whitewater Rescue Technician – Professional (WRT-PRO)

This course is designed for professional river users who require a rescue capability in a whitewater environment, e.g. raft guides, safety kayakers. Recreational paddlers should take the WRT-REC course.

The White Water Rescue Technician course (WRT) is recognised as an alternative to the BC White Water Safety & Rescue Course (required for the BCU 4 star).

Course length: 3 days