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Cardiff International White Water
Watkiss Way
Cardiff Bay
CF11 0SY

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 first responder will have skills in basic boat handling, basic rope work, working in shallow water, and the ability to self rescue.

Course content includes:
• Rescuer safety
• Water and flood dynamics and hazards
• Pre-planning and incident management
• Medical and personal welfare considerations
• Communications
• Basic swiftwater swimming and self rescue
• Bank based rescue options
• Shallow water techniques

Defra level:
Module 2 - Water First Responder - To work safely near and in water using land-based and wading techniques

Suitable for:
Police
Fire and Rescue
Bank based volunteer rescue agency
Environment Agency contractors

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Key Info
Pre course requirements
Module 2 - Water First Responder
Course duration
2 days (09:00 - 17:00)
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