Industry Water Safety

Industry Water Safety

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Lifejacket Competent User

The Rescue 3 Europe Lifejacket Competent User course is designed for workers who are issued with a lifejacket and who are expected to work near water as part of their job function, but do not wish to complete a full Safe Working Near Water course. This is either because they already have a Water Awareness and Safety course or they only wish to know how to don and doff a lifejacket and care for it.

It is not intended that these workers will enter the water as part of their work, and a manual- or auto-inflation lifejacket is issued as PPE for accidental water entry only, though the course will cover this possibility practically to ensure workers are prepared for the event if it does happen.

Workers requiring a more comprehensive working near- or in-water capability can take the Rescue 3 Europe Safe Working Near Water or Safe Working In Water course.

Course length

  • 4 hours

Course content includes

  • Water rescue hazards
  • Basic water hydrology
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Risk zones
  • Cold water immersion
  • Personal protective equipment
  • PFD types and standards
  • Firing mechanisms
  • Selection and correct fitting of lifejacket as part of PPE system
  • Adaption for high risk areas
  • Periodic maintenance/inspection regime
  • Pre-use and post-use checks
  • Accidental immersion and auto inflation
  • Still water swimming drills
  • Moving water swimming drills
  • Manual inflation and deflation
  • Rescue drills with lifejacket


  • Minimum age: 18

Course standard

Rescue 3 Europe Industrial working on or near water learning outcomes and key teaching points (PDF)

The course standards are provided as pre- and post-course reference for people involved in the delivery of Rescue 3 courses (eg Rescue 3 training providers, instructors and students). They are not to be used for any other purpose without the express written permission of Rescue 3 Europe.

Qualification valid for

  • 3 years

 Taught by

  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Instructor
  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Advanced Instructor

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