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SLSGB Inland Waters Safety Awareness Qualification


To provide a national qualification that provides the knowledge and understanding of hazards encountered by individuals that may, as a part of their role, work in or near inland waters.


  • Minimum of 16 years of age on the date training.
  • Minimum Guided Learning Hours – 6.


Holders of this qualification are strongly advised to update their knowledge by attending a three hour update at least once every three years.


1. Hazards of the water environment

  • Orientation
  • Hydrology
  • Water dynamics
  • Hydraulic features
  • Weirs
  • Canals and locks
  • Strainers
  • Environmental hazards
  • Pollutants and contaminants

2. Climatic conditions

  • Operational considerations to weather and temperature

3. Boats and vessels

  • Basic introduction to inland waterway traffic

4. Personal protective equipment and zoning

  • Zones
  • Technical clothing

5. Safety measures when working near water

  • Basic safety issues
  • Operational considerations

6. An awareness of physiological effects of entering cold water

  • Cold water shock
  • Effects of drowning
  • Casualty care related to inland waters

7. Rescue Options

  • Talk, Reach, Throw, Wade, Craft, Swim – the inland rescue tool box
  • Types of rescue equipment available.

8. Public Rescue Equipment

  • Perry Buoys
  • Throw Lines


  • Attend a full course
  • Complete the syllabus for assessment.

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