Basic Water First Responder (BWFR)

Designed for personnel who may be deployed to a basic (still) water environment, such as lakes, ponds and canals, where they may be required to undertake rescues. The course is a mixture of theory and practical sessions. The content includes the use of a variety of rescue equipment.

Contact hours

12 hours


  • Must be a confident swimmer.
  • Minimum age: 18

Qualification valid for

3 years


Water and Flood Awareness (AWR)
Swiftwater and Flood Awareness Online (AWRO)
Basic Water First Responder (BWFR)

Recerted by

Basic Water First Responder (BWFR)
Operations: Swiftwater and Flood First Responder (OPS)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)
Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced Water (SRTAW)
Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA)
Professional Qualification Assessment: Water (PQW)
Professional Qualification Assessment: Water & Rope (PQWR)

Taught by

Basic Water First Responder Instructor (BWFRI)
Operations: Swiftwater First Responder Instructor (OPSI)
Instructor Water (InsW)
Instructor Water & Rope (InsWR)
Instructor Water & Rope – Instructor Trainer (InsWR-IT)