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If you are an organisation that has employees who spend time working in or around the water, it is important they are suitably trained and hold relevant qualifications. For key organisations such as Fire and Rescue services whose staff may be called upon at any time to attend a wide range of incidents involving the water, it is essential team members are well versed and rehearsed in how to deal with an often developing situation.

Developed by Rescue 3, the internationally recognised Swiftwater Rescue training scheme follows DEFRA module guidelines and covers a range of scenarios for those using boats or ropework to safely manage an on-water incident. 

North Wales is one of the top locations in the UK for Swiftwater Rescue training, due to the nature of the Menai Strait which provides a wide range of different moving water conditions, and the river locations of Snowdonia.

We operate our training courses throughout the year launching straight onto the water from our own private slipway. The naturally occurring stoppers and weirs, and unique tides of the Menai Strait, are just the tip of what is on offer here. Being able to reach the incredible natural flooded environment of the world renowned Swellies within a 10 minute boat drive, means that the transition between classroom and practical delivery is seamless. The fabulous architecture of the arches and straight walls of the Menai Suspension Bridge excellently simulate a ‘flooded street’ scenario, ideally replicating potentially treacherous real-life situations that many rescue teams may find themselves in. This is the perfect training environment to ensure your teams are best prepared for every eventuality.


All our courses are offered on a residential basis and includes all required kit, providing boots, helmets, buoyancy aids, throw bags, and full Aquatek dry suits during delivery, at no additional cost.

With over 140 beds available at the Centre, catering facilities operating 7 days a week, indoor changing rooms, hot showers, and teaching areas all available onsite, you can rest easy knowing that we provide everything you could possibly need under one roof, so you needn’t look any further for your training needs.

If you are considering any of the training courses on offer and want to talk to somebody, please contact us on E: info@plasmenai.co.uk or  F: 0300 300 3112

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Download your copy of the Plas Menai Water Safety and Rescue Training brochure here

Lifejacket Competent User 2 (LJCU2)

The course is designed for personnel who are tasked with operating in the warm zone at a water rescue incident, and personnel who will operate near water as part of their key job function, you do not need to take the LJCU1 course before you can take the LJCU2 course. 

Course Length: 1 day

£120.00

(incl. VAT)

Rescue Boat Operator (RBO)

The Rescue Boat Operator course is suitable for people with little or no powerboat experience, who wish to attain an inland boat handling and rescue boat capability on flat or slow-moving water.

Course Length: 2 days

 

£350.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater and Flood First Responder (SFR)

This course aims to introduce basic Swiftwater rescue principles and techniques, in order to allow personnel to support Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRTs) at incidents.

Equivalent to a Defra Module 2 - Water First Responder– To work safely near and in water using land-based and wading techniques.

Course Length: 2 days

£355.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator (SFRBO)

This course is intended for those required to carry out rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment.  

Course Length: 5 days

£1,275.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator Instructor (SFRBOI)

This pathway is designed for rescue professionals who want to teach the full suite of boat classes - RBOFRBO, and SFRBO - and includes flat/slow moving water rescue techniques, flood rescue techniques and swiftwater rescue techniques.

Course Length:

Instructor Training: 5 days

Instructor Assessment: 3 days

£2,750.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator Recertification (SFRBO)

Recertification required every 3 years

Course Length: 3 days

£750.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)

This training course is intended for personnel who may be required to carry out rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment, including emergency services personnel and mountain rescue teams.

Equivalent to a Defra Module 3 - Water Rescue Technician - Specialist rescue operation.

Course Length: 4 days

£445.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Advanced - Water

The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Advanced – Water course, is for existing Rescue 3 Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians looking at advanced rescue situations, both in and over water, including search management in a swiftwater and flood environment.

Course Length: 3 days

£695.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Instructor (SRTI)

The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Instructor pathway is designed for emergency services personnel or rescue training professionals who will be teaching clients who need a swiftwater and flood response capability.

Course Length:

Instructor Training: 5 days

Instructor Assessment: 3 days

£1,695.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Recertification (SRT)

Recertification required every 3 years

Course Length: 3 days (2 day weekend assessments can be arranged upon request, providing the candidates are up to the required standard to pass without additional training)

£355.00

(incl. VAT)

Swiftwater Paddle Boat Handling (SPBH)

Designed for Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technicians who wish to improve and expand on their paddle boat handling ability. 

Course Length: 2 days

£325.00

(incl. VAT)

Water and Flood Awareness (AW)

A classroom-based course, designed to provide personnel who may be working near water with sufficient knowledge to be aware of the hazards created by this environment, and develop an understanding of water rescue techniques.

Equivalent to a Defra Module 1 – Water Awareness.

Course Length: 1 day

£120.00

(incl. VAT)

Water and Flood Awareness Tutor (AWT)

The Water and Flood Awareness Tutor pathway enables the candidate to deliver the classroom-based Water and Flood Awareness course.

Course Length: 1 day

£160.00

(incl. VAT)