The Dangers of Working Near Water and Safety Measures
November 28, 2023
The Dangers of Working Near Water and Safety Measures
November 28, 2023

Water Safety Training Frequently Asked Questions

This article aims to provide comprehensive answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding water safety training. While we strive to cover a wide range of topics, we understand that you may have specific inquiries not addressed here. If you find that your question is not covered, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you have all the information you need to stay safe and confident during water activities. Your safety is our priority, and we're here to assist you in any way we can.

Course Details

What are the key topics covered in RLSS DEFRA Water Safety Awareness with Annex H? (Module 1)
Annex H covers but is not limited to effects of drowning, effects of cold water, working near water, water safety PPE, aquatic clothing correct selection and fitting, maintenance, casualty recognition, danger zones near water, types of rescue aid, principles of rescue, throw bags, personal safety, entries and exits, defensive swimming, aggressive swimming, solo crossings, wedge and line astern.
What are the key topics covered in RLSS DEFRA Inland First Responder? (Module 2)
This module includes but is not limited to: throw bag practical, selection and fitting of PPE, moving water hazards, different environments, team roles and responsibilities, communication systems, team health, safety and welfare, working in darkness, operating procedures, emergency action plan, inland waterways dynamic risk, inflatables, ropes for water rescue, solo crossings, wedge and line astern, casualty crossing, tethered crossing, when/how and types of search, last seen and areas of possible, search capabilities, approaching casualties, hierarchy or rescue, personal safety, swim test – 50m on Front
What are the key topics covered in the RLSS Coastal First Responder?
This module focuses on specific coastal waterway hazards along with in-water skills including but not limited to: coastal-specific hazards, in water rescue skills, personal safety, dynamic risk management, returning to shore through surf, coastal wildlife.
What are the prerequisites for enrolling in water safety training?
There are no prerequisites for enrolling in water safety training; individuals of all skill levels, including complete beginners, are welcome to participate. Our trainers are experienced in working with individuals at various levels of proficiency and will guide you through every aspect of the course. Whether you're new to water safety or seeking to refresh your skills, our trainers will provide thorough instruction and support throughout the training program.
How long is the training?
DEFRA Module 1 with Annex H is run over one day. DEFRA Module 2 is run over two days.
Do I have to get in the water?
Yes. Both the DEFRA 1 with Annex H and the DEFRA Module 2 course require candidates to enter the water. Failure to enter the water and demonstrate the required skills to the instructors would result in incomplete course participation.

Course Safety

Are there any restrictions for participating in water safety training?
Candidates must be at least 16 years of age at the date of assessment. Given that this course may involve significant physical exertion as well as other potential health challenges, candidates are urged to relay these on the booking form or inform the trainer of any health concerns, whether physical or otherwise, prior to the commencement of the course. Please share any needs and recommendations on how to meet those needs, which you believe the trainer knowing about would enable you to fully engage in this training.
Is water safety training suitable for non-swimmers?
The water safety training requires candidates to be comfortable in the water. Swimming with a personal floatation aid (buoyancy aid) is a part of the course.
What are the hazards of water safety training?
In all water safety training, our instructor team meticulously addresses and manages potential risks. However, it's essential to acknowledge that a certain level of risk always remains. Below, we outline the primary hazards encountered during water operations. Open Water Site: Slips, trips and falls. Water Quality and Features: waterborne illness, hypothermia, drowning, entrapment, debris. Throughout the training, instructors will diligently convey knowledge about risks and effective mitigation strategies through consistent training sessions and briefings.

Course Equipment

What equipment or materials are typically used during water safety training?
The training modules cover a variety of elements and depending on the module completed you may use a range of equipment. This can include but is not limited to throw bags, telescopic poles, life jackets and the inflatable rescue equipment.
What equipment will I be given?
Dry Suit, Protective Footwear, Personal Flotation Device (PFD), Helmet, Protective Gloves
What do I need to bring?
Pen or pencil, notebook, suitable clothing to be worn under your drysuit for in-water activities, spare clothes (Just in case), towel, packed lunch unless at River Dart. You are welcome to bring your own drysuit and shoes for in the water. When land based, you will need suitable clothing for the conditions and time of year, no open toe shoes.
What should I wear under the drysuit?
Suitable clothing like fleeces and sports clothing that can be worn under your drysuit for in-water activities.
What size drysuits are available?
Drysuit height range: JM = 141-148 cm JL = 148-163 cm S = 163 - 170cm M = 170 - 178cm L = 178 - 185cm XL = 185 - 191cm XXL = 185 - 191cm (More room around the chest and waist than XL) XXXL = 200cm We bring a range of sizing on the day to ensure we have a suitable suit for everyone.

Additional Questions

What should I do if I have worries or concerns before the course?
If you're worried or have concerns before the course, don't hesitate to talk to us. You can reach out by email to or phone us on 0117 929 1153. We're here to help, whether you need guidance, reassurance, or accommodations, so you can feel more at ease and have a great experience during the course.
Should I inform the trainers about any learning challenges that I may face?
Please share any needs and recommendations on how to meet those needs, which you believe the trainer knowing about would enable you to fully engage in this training.
Water Safety Training Frequently Asked Questions
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