Once trained and qualified swiftwater techniques require on-going practise to maintain skills and develop sound judgement.
Swiftwater training is inherently hazardous and requires sound risk assesment to be undertaken safely.
Please find the following advice for your on-going training:
- Always walk the course to inform participants of key hazards and perform a test swim before sending students into the water
- Use venues with a safe ‘wash out’ zone or catching feature.
- Inform students that they always have the right to opt out of any activity, and must work within their own physcial capibilities.
- Inform students that even the cleanest looking water has the potential for contamination. Advise them to consult a doctor if they become unwell post in-water training.
- Undertake a written risk assessment for your training venues to identify and minimise specific hazards.
- Develop a method statement for your training area.
If you’re new to working in this area you might want to consider using an artifcial white water site. Some of these such as Pinkstones in Glasgow are equipped with emergency stop buttons to cut water flow.
To see an example risk assessment and method statement click the link below:
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice regarding venues or to help with risk assesing your venues. Water Rescue can provide instructors to share best practice, audit your work or help develop brilliant training sessions.