FREE Water Safety Online Course

As part of our Home & Dry – No More River Deaths campaign we have developed a free online short course which is open to everyone to enrol for.

This course is for you if you:

  • Live or work by the river
  • Spend time on or by the water
  • Have kids, and need help teaching them about water safety
  • Walk or cycle by a canal or river
  • Go fishing
  • Socialise or drink in riverside towns

It should take 30 minutes to complete, and can be done in one sitting or in bitesize chunks.

The course covers the content below with pictures and videos.

To start the course, just register here (or log-in if you are already registered)

Note that your username is the name that will appear on your certificate.

Once you are registered you will see the first unit below become red and clickable.

Note on registration: Don’t worry, you are not signing up to any mailing list or spam, and we will never share your details.It’s just a requirement of our website software that you need to register.

Module 1 Introduction  
Unit 1 Welcome to the course
Module 2 Drowning  
Unit 1 What is drowning?
Unit 2 How does the body react?
Unit 3 How does the cold affect the body?
Unit 4 Where do drownings occur?
Unit 5 Who is most at risk of drowning?
Module 3 Water and how it behaves  
Unit 1 How rivers flow
Unit 2 Lakes and pools
Unit 3 Flood water
Module 4 Hazards in water  
Unit 1 Sharp objects
Unit 2 Foot traps
Unit 3 Strainers
Unit 4 Wiers
Unit 5 Disease and infection
Module 5 Safety Precautions  
Unit 1 Call for help
Unit 2 Tell someone where you're going
Unit 3 Don't cross flooded streams
Unit 4 Don't go on to ice
Unit 5 Look after your mates
Module 6 Rescue Techniques  
Unit 1 Talk
Unit 2 Reach
Unit 3 Throw
Unit 4 999
Module 7 Resuscitation  
Unit 1 Resuscitating a drowned person
Unit 2 Congratulations