Water Search & Rescue

Water Rescue

Living on an Island and being surrounded by water, it has been deemed that team members of SPIIOW should undertake water rescue formal training, not only for the safety of ourselves, but to better assist any person we come across whilst undertaking our Community Engagement.

As a suicide prevention team, SPIIOW must have the capability to enter every environment to assist a person in crisis, unless there is an existing approved SAR resource already in place.

Within our area of operation and as first persons at the location our specially trained water rescue teams will respond to ensure we can provide immediate and appropriate care to a casualty in the water to prevent a death, while other services are being requested to attend the location.

Water & Flood First Responders

As part of the training that our water rescue team have undertaken we have the capabilities to assist the main agencies in the event of a flooding across the Island. The training that has been delivered to our water team means that our team can work alone to the required standards or work in with another team trained to the same level as our skill set.

The tasking agencies will have been informed about our water team availability, phone numbers and capabilities, if your a tasking agencies and don't have the above details please email operationsmanager@spiiow.org  to request this information.

Team Capabilities

Water rescue scene management & dynamic assessment of risk

Identify and apply the role of the First Responder within the incident management structure

Apply a working knowledge of hydrology and associated hazards

Search procedures in the water environment

Appropriate PPE

Self-rescue from water

Relevant rescue techniques

An understanding of specialist rescue equipment within team

Demonstrate techniques for movement in shallow water

Casualty management in water environment

Medical problems associated with water

Identify hazards and difficulties working in darkness and reduced visibility

Use of Raft/sled


Working in Flooded areas

Personal Protective Equipment

Buoyancy aid
Eye protection
Helmet light/light sticks
Thermal protection
Throw line/belt


First Aid Capability

Team manager No medical training required
4 team members 4 x basic first aid
1 x team member trained to FREC3

Continual Professional Development

A minimum of eight hours per calendar year with a minimum of two sessions per year with a maximum gap of nine months between training sessions. Of the eight hours, at least two hours must be in Class 2 water or water with
equivalent features. Recorded activity-based training should cover the following subjects as a
Donning, doffing and care of water rescue PPE

Water Rescue Incident Management

Self-rescue techniques

Throw bag skills

Shallow water crossing techniques

Swift water hydrology


The water team within SPIIOW have good knowledge and an understanding of how JESIPS works in all situations and a very clear understanding of the principles for joint working to enable effective multi-agency approach, with the five principles for joint working:

Jointly understand risk
Shared situational awareness