DEFRA Water Safety Courses

Bristol Maritime is one of the UK's main providers of specialist DEFRA Compliant working near water training. Our expert trainers work with large organisations from construction companies to government and council departments. With our unique training locations and the ability to also deliver training at your site or online, our team can assist you with making sure your team is WaterSafe.

Our main training centre in Bristol is surrounded by some of the most unique waterways in the UK with coastal, river, and inland locations. We also have our own specialist water safety training location which gives our students a genuine outdoor river environment to replicate real working locations and a variety of conditions.

  • DEFRA 1 Flood & Awareness

    This course is focused on people being safe working near the water, and raising their awareness around a water environment.
  • DEFRA 1 with Annex H

    This course covers the DEFRA 1 and includes a practical in-water element of self-rescues to meet the requirements laid out in Annex H.
  • DEFRA 2 Water & Flood First Responder

    This course is for people working near and in the water. This includes specialist in-water rescue techniques as well as self rescue.


For individual DEFRA bookings, whether shore-based or online, please see the calendar below for the dates available and to book. 



We offer competitive group booking prices, with the ability to bring our nationwide training to your site or office. We also have our own locations in Bristol, Wiltshire, Staffordshire, and on the River Dart which are all purpose-built for the specialist training we deliver.

When it comes to selecting dates for group courses, providing that our water safety instructors are free we will endeavor to work around dates that are suitable to you. 

Please contact to arrange a group course.



DEFRA 1 Water and Flood Awareness Course is also available online through our exclusive training system with both group and open individual courses available. Your team can learn and get qualified remotely without having to meet at an official training site. These courses meet the DEFRA 1 Water and Flood Awareness requirements to get your team WaterSafe and qualified to carry out their work. 

To complete the course and receive your certificate there is a requirement to demonstrate the use of a throw bag, which is completed through a video collection system before certificates are sent out. 

Contact for more information or group bookings nation wide