Flood Worker Safety (FWS)

This one day course assists organizations who’s workers may work around flood water, such as road contractors, storm water contractors, flood engineers, and vehicle break down services. We still advocate that the public should never drive in flood water, but while the public hopefully stay indoors during flood events, many critical services such as storm water, roads and other utilities still have to operate and do so as part of mitigating the flooding event. Such critical services need basic training to work safely around flood water.

This course has half a day in the classroom discussing safety planning, working safely around flood water, flood water features and hazards, vehicles in water safety and escape methods, personal protective equipment, special hazards (aqueducts, manholes etc), medical considerations, decontamination, communications and incident management. The second part of the day is spent in moving water (grade 1-2) and covers how to use throwbags, wading/crossing techniques, and survival swimming.

This course is a must for any employee or volunteer working near or in flood water.

For organizations that have a higher risk such as hydrologists, dam operators, remote/lone workers etc, we recommend our two day Flood Operations course that allows for more customization including wader safety, more advanced rescues and practicals in higher water flows (grade 2+).

Contact hours

8 hours


Minimum age: 18.

Qualification valid for

3 years


Flood Worker Safety (FWS)

Recerted by

Flood Worker Safety (FWS)
Flood Operations (FO)
Flood Management for Non-Emergency Services (FMNES)

Taught by

Basic Water First Responder Instructor (BWFRI)
Operations: Swiftwater First Responder Instructor (OPSI)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Instructor (SRTI)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Advanced Instructor (SRTAI)
Instructor Water & Rope (InsWR)
Swiftwater Rescue – Instructor Trainer (SRT-IT)
Instructor Water & Rope – Instructor Trainer (InsWR-IT)