Waterside Safety Awareness

Course Information

Complete Training Solution’s Waterside Safety Awareness course is designed to provide personnel who may be working, living or participating in leisure activities near water with sufficient knowledge to be aware of the hazards created by this environment. Participants will develop an understanding of water self-rescue techniques, rescue equipment, waterside hazards, water behaviour and danger signs.

The course is split into theory and practical tasks. Delegates will get an in-depth theory session before venturing out to the dockside on our boat to learn basic rescue techniques. Our trainers can make this training bespoke to your industry, please let the team know your business’s specifications.

Personnel working on the water or around water will discover that basic occupational water safety & rescue training is a requirement for managing safety.

The course is DEFRA compliant.

Entry Requirements

English Speaking

Any Industry

Ability to read & write

Book Your Waterside Safety Training Course

Book a Waterside Safety Course below. The course that is bookable online is a half day course. If you are an employer making a booking for multiple employers, our team can make this experience bespoke to your industry or specifications to ensure the training is directly applicable to your real world experience.

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Waterside Safety

The Waterside Safety Awareness training course is applicable for all water, including lakes, canals, rivers and sea. The course is designed for all industries, however it is particularly useful for construction, civil engineering, schools, hospitality and other workers near water.

  • Appreciation of the power of water
  • Understanding flood plains hydrology
  • Changes in depth and speed of flow
  • Recognising the warning signs
  • Walking and wading through static water
  • Walking and wading through fast flowing water
  • Use of rescue equipment and PPE
  • Throwing techniques
  • Self-rescue techniques
  • Casualty handling
  • Disease and infections
  • Fatigue and hypothermia

We make this course bespoke to the group taking the course to address specific issues near water:

  • Anyone living or working near water
  • Construction Workers
  • Bars & Restaurants near water
  • Barge Owners
  • Parents
  • Utilities
  • Rail
  • Civil Engineers
  • Schools & Youth Groups

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is the government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

DEFRA developed the regulation standard for waterside safety courses. This course adheres to ‘module 1’ of the document.

On average there are between 450-600 drowning fatalities in the UK every year. Understanding where and how drownings occur can help to identify what the hazards and risks are, and what actions can be taken to reduce the number of people drowning each year.

The highest known factor contributing to drowning is simply falling into water – this highlights the importance of personal survival, self rescue skills and simple rescue techniques by a third party. Most drownings occur within five metres of the land.

If you are an employer making a booking for multiple employers, our team can make this experience bespoke to your industry or specifications to ensure the training is directly applicable to your real world experience.

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