Effective training can cut the time it takes to rescue someone
Well planned water rescue training, completed with reasonable frequency is one of the best ways to prepare. There are many excellent water rescue training courses run in centres across the UK, but many teams also chose to complete their own training to keep the skills up-to-date. Using the skills you have gained on external courses as a basis, you can plan training at your own base to keep embedding these skills.
By completing regular training, you can be confident that both you and your teams will respond with the utmost efficiency which is obviously essential in water rescue scenarios. Time is of the essence when someone is struggling in water and therefore the more confident you and your team are the better.
Why training manikins are an essential part of your training equipment
A water rescue training manikin can become an essential part of your team. Ruth Lee Ltd has worked alongside the fire and rescue service, the RNLI and the Royal Navy to design and develop a range of training manikins which are perfect for a variety of water rescue training scenarios.
This includes a Man Overboard Manikin, which is probably their most popular water rescue manikin. The secret to the excellent performance of this manikin is the balance between weighting and buoyancy – the dummy floats horizontally or vertically to simulate a live person or dead body – it takes seconds to move the foam pieces in the overalls to achieve this.
We also offer a Search and Rescue Manikin which has similar features to the Man Overboard manikin, but which is constructed of darker material making it more difficult to spot. Take a look at this video from Bathurst SES in New South Wales, Australia. It shows a Search and Rescue Manikin being pitched into flood water and shows the dangers of being swept under a bridge. At one point, the manikin disappeared under the bridge and didn’t reappear for 5 minutes! (see approx. 3.30 onwards).