Fire and Rescue Advanced Water Rope Train the Trainer Course

Emergency Services

Duration: 5 day

Cost: £780 plus VAT

Ratio: 1 to 6

Venue:  Course delivered on site workplace and local canyon locations

Description: This course is for fire and rescue trainers who wish to train and assess our Advanced Water Rope Operator Course – candidates will have attended the operators course and have experience in training. The course enables trainers to provide training and assessment of our course within their own workplace. Rope techniques covered are also appropriate for urban environment rescues from harbour walls, bridges and buildings.

Prerequisites: Fire crew members nominated for this course must be comfortable with heights, hold the SRT level 1 technician award, and be first aid qualified. The minimum age is 18 years.

Content of course:

  • WAH regulations, H&S at work regulations, PPE regulations, PUWER, LOLER regulations
  • Equipment inspection and maintenance, marking and recording procedures and regulations
  • Dynamic risk assessing and method planning
  • Introduction to advance rescue equipment
  • Understanding and teaching the assessment of suitable anchors
  • Engineering anchors and understanding vectors
  • Knowing the recue loads and understanding static safe system factors
  • PPE personal /roped ascent and descent techniques, including re-belays
  • Application and pros and cons’ of lowering devices and rescue ratings
  • Rigging safely, engineering stance management for rope operators
  • Mechanical advantages
  • Hauling techniques
  • Managing steep and loose terrain edges
  • Working with rescue stretchers – tying in procedures
  • Working with anchor deviation points and rope deviation points
  • Engineering a guideline
  • Engineering an open access crane system Tyrolean
  • Advanced hydrology
  • Understanding hydrostatic shock
  • Patient packaging
  • Working with rescue helicopters

 Assessment format:

  • Short exam paper – open book from course materials
  • Practical test scenarios


A certificate of training and assessment components will be issued. The course has a 2 year validation.

climbworksafety ltd recommend a 1 day update refresher/ assessment every 2 years.

All of our courses fall within scope of BS8454:2006 which provides recommendations and guidance on the delivery of training and education for work at height, including rescue.  It is applicable to training for work which falls within the scope of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The standard is applicable to training for work at height in an industrial context, including work at height in factories and in the construction, civil engineering and cleaning sectors, all climb industries courses are delivered in accordance with those standards.