Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator: DEFRA MOD 4

Water Rescue


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Course Description

The Swift-water and Flood Rescue Boat Operator training course is intended for emergency services or rescue teams who will be required to carry out rescues in a swift-water and flood environment. This course incorporates all elements from the FRBO course and adds a swift-water capability suitable for fast moving rivers and flash flood conditions. It is based on the philosophy of self-protection and application of low to high-risk solutions.

The Swift-water and Flood Rescue Boat Operator course can also be run as a 4-day add-on module from the RBO, FRBO or RYA level 2 power boating courses.

Course content includes:

  • Scope of operations
  • Boat & hull types
  • Drive units
  • Maintenance
  • Pre & post trip checks & procedures
  • Rescue boat equipment
  • PPE
  • Communications
  • Weather considerations
  • Navigation considerations
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Other craft sleds & platforms
  • Flood & moving water hazards
  • Medical & decontamination considerations
  • Boat wraps
  • Rescuer safety & training
  • Weir considerations
  • Launching & recovery
  • Crew operational roles
  • Boat handling under power and with paddles
  • Towing
  • Anchoring
  • Wading
  • Flips & rights
  • Controlling boats with ropes
  • Swift-water boat handling under power and with paddles
  • Swift-water crew operational roles
  • Crew person overboard & recovery
  • Casualty pick up
  • Casualty management
  • Boat based throw bag rescue
  • Transferring & transporting difficult loads
  • Boat based stretcher management
  • Rescues from elevated positions
  • Boat based tethered swimmer rescues
  • Swift-water casualty pick up
  • Searching swift-water & floods
  • Night / poor visibility operations in swift-water
  • Vehicles in water
  • Helicopter considerations


  • Swift-water and Flood Rescue Technician or alternative DEFRA module 3 certification 

DEFRA module

  • Module 4 - Water Rescue Power Boat Operator - Rescue boat operation

Qualification valid for:

  • 3 years

Course Duration: 

  • 5 Days
SKU: 10005 TAG: Emergency Services

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