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Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Landesverband Nordrhein e.V. Wasserwacht

Auf'm Hennekamp 71, 40225 Düsseldorf
Telephone +49 211 3104-0
Fax +49 211 3104-188

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  • 12  Organisations/Institutions/Clubs
  • 12.01  Organisations/Institutions
  • 12.01.03  Rescue Organisations

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Product category: Rescue Organisations

Boat service

The use of motor rescue boats for water rescue is now part of the everyday life of any water rescue station or water rescue station. The boatmen and their crews can therefore be on the spot quickly at any time in the event of assistance or emergencies. The watercraft are also used in disasters, for search and rescue.

The training to become a motor rescue boat skipper requires
  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Lifeguard badge at least silver
  • Training as a boatswain / boatswain
  • Health suitability
  • valid service book of the Wasserwacht

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Product category: Rescue Organisations

Diver in emergency service

The "rescue divers" of the Wasserwacht perform their duties in swimming pools, at watch stations on lakes and on the North Sea and Baltic Sea. they are integrated into rapid response and disaster control groups. the training to become a "rescue diver" requires a high degree of mental and physical fitness.

Areas of operation and training
"Rescue divers risk their lives to save the lives of others. They are used, for example, to rescue and search for drowned persons or property. Permanent training, health as well as theoretical and practical further training are prerequisites for a successful rescue diving operation.

Training as a rescue diver requires:
  • Age 15 years (for missions only from 18 years)
  • Lifeguard badge at least silver
  • First aid training - cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Health suitability according to "G31
  • Medical service training
  • valid service book of the Wasserwacht

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Product category: Rescue Organisations

Water Rescue North Rhine

Where lifeguards reach their limits, the operational area of the water rescuers of the DRK-Wasserwacht begins: Lifeguards learn in the course of their extensive training (this includes as a basis, among other things, the DRSA Silver) everything that is needed for bathing supervision at sea or on the coast or in the indoor swimming pool. Every active member of the water rescue team undergoes this training and refreshes it regularly.

But what if the rescue has to take place from fast-flowing water, perhaps even from a weir? What if the water is not "bathing suit temperature" or the cooperation with motor rescue boats requires special protective equipment?

This is when the hour of the water rescuers of the DRK-Wasserwacht Nordrhein strikes: The specialists for difficult operations not only have high-quality protective equipment with wetsuit, white-water vest and helmet, but have also undergone extensive special training. On the one hand, the - mostly young - men and women of the Wasserwacht were able to expand their required emergency medical knowledge in a targeted manner and, on the other hand, they have learned to master extremely difficult mission scenarios in particular.

The mandatory requirements for the demanding work as a water rescuer are above-average fitness and constant practice. Thus, the water rescuers are the specialists of the DRK-Wasserwacht for current rescue, rescue in cooperation with motor rescue boats, for searches for persons and all the other cases for which lifeguards with highly specialized equipment and training are needed. Water rescuers are also deployed to safeguard events on or in the water, such as white water kayak races, triathlons or rowing regattas, in order to guarantee maximum safety for participants and visitors.

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About us

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The 110,000 volunteer members of the German Red Cross Water Rescue are completely in their element: when deployed in swimming pools, on rivers, lakes and at the sea, they not only save lives, but also train lifeguards and teach young and old how to swim. In the DRK regional association of North Rhine, around 1,000 members are active in the DRK water rescue

Originally founded to save people from death by drowning, the tasks of the Wasserwacht today are much more diverse. First and foremost, it is dedicated to water rescue services, with around 75,000 volunteers securing bathing waters throughout Germany - whether in pools, lakes, rivers or on coasts. The Wasserwacht in Germany is a community of the German Red Cross.

Almost 80 percent of all disasters have their origin in heavy rain and storms. The Wasserwacht is part of the complex aid system of the German Red Cross and works closely with all emergency services in the DRK. For flood disasters, it has water rescue platoons on standby, which work closely with authorities and other relief and water rescue organisations in the respective federal states. However, Wasserwacht is also called out in the event of other major disasters. Their task forces include trained water rescuers, rescue divers and teams with special motor rescue boats. They are deployed on a regional, supra-regional and cross-border basis and send specialist flood advisors to the individual staffs and management committees. It is thanks to the commitment of our volunteers that fewer and fewer people come to harm. Why don't you help? Join us in ensuring safety on and in our waters.

Swimming lessons and environmental protection
In addition to qualified, professional life-saving and first aid, the volunteer members of the Wasserwacht are also involved in preventive care. For example, they teach more than 60,000 children, as well as young people and adults, how to swim and do lifeguarding every year. Another field of activity is environmental protection: by removing rubbish from bodies of water and maintaining protected biotopes, order and cleanliness prevail around the cool waters.