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Working Near Water (In Person)


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1 - 2 Days Depending on # of participants

Drowning & Working Near Water
Hazards (In Person Hands On Learning) Course

Duration: (2.5 -3 days) Depending On # Of Participants

Prerequisites: Must be a confident swimmer Minimum age: 18

Qualification valid for: 3 years

Course Cost: $375.00 + Hst

Course Times: 09:00 - 17:00


A swim Test Evaluation will be conducted as part of this course with the participants swim ability being rated and provided to the employer.

Courses can be delivered as dry classroom sessions, using a swimming pool or using cold water outdoor venues

Working over or near water can expose workers to a range of hazards, including injuries from falls, hypothermia, and drowning. This course discusses best practices for working over or near water, including the proper use of common types of personal flotation devices (PFDs).

Our water safety courses are usually attended by people in the environmental, construction, highways, civil engineering, groundworks or leisure trade. Such work carries important and serious risks, the risks can be varied and while the prevention of drowning must be a key priority, there are many other important risks that must be considered, including health hazards.

This course also offers information on what to do in “man overboard” (MOB) situations, including survival tactics and recovery practices.

  • Common Types of Work

  • Work Hazards Before Beginning Work

  • Common Types of PFDs

  • Wear a PFD Best Practices

  • Working Safely on Marine Vessels

  • MOB / PIW Survival Factors

  • Hypothermia

  • MOB / PIW Recovery Practices

  • MOB / PIW Survival Practices

  • Regulations

This water safety course satisfies the training requirements of OSHA 29 CFR § 1918.105 and other Health and Safety Concerns related to Drowning and other Water Hazards.

This course providers the knowledge and techniques to allow employees to provide bank-based rescue cover for their colleagues working next to moving water (inland rivers, confined tidal flows) where use of a powered safety boat is not required. This course is for any workers who work on, in, or near bodies of water as part of their job. This course looks at potential water-related hazards, drowning hazards, cold water hazards, Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs), controls; including: engineering/technological solutions, work practices and training personnel.

  • H&S legislation

  • Hazard identification

  • Risk Assessment

  • Safe systems of Work

  • Hydrology

  • Cold water shock and swim failure

  • Water related PPE

  • Buoyancy and life jacket selection, fitting, inspection and maintenance

  • Rescue techniques

  • Communications

  • Water classification

  • Emergency planning

  • First aid, drowning and hypothermia management

  • Environmental considerations and invasive species

  • Special hazards

  • Tidal considerations

  • Decontamination

  • Equipment

  • Incident management

  • Training standards

  • Hydrology and water hazards

  • Personal equipment

  • Rescue equipment considerations

  • Risk assessments

  • Incident size-up considerations

  • Site control

  • Medical and decontamination considerations

  • Considerations for night/poor visibility operations

  • Communications

  • Accidental immersion considerations

  • Receiving a throw bag

Your Instructor

Wilderness Rescue Solutions

Wilderness Rescue Solutions
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