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Rescue - Enschede rescue brigade

Rescue Brigade Enschede is the only real student Rescue Brigade in the Netherlands. Under the name Rescue we are the youngest branch of ZPV Piranha. We are active with training, competitions, water rescue and supervision. As a rescue brigade we provide security and train people to become lifeguards.


A rescue brigade training

During the lifeguard training you will learn everything you need to know to be able to save people from drowning. From transporting people in the water to efficiently calling the emergency number, from reassuring a drowning person to rescuing someone with a piece of clothing, from the correct use of rescue equipment to leading a major disaster scenario. In addition, you will learn how to work preventively and increase water safety.

And after the training?

Obtaining the lifeguard certificates is not all you can do at Piranha rescue. We have connections with other brigades so that after completing the training you can help with monitoring areas and events on and around the water. In addition, you can participate in nationwide matches between rescue brigades , called EHaD and lifesaving matches , to measure against other brigades and gain and maintain more contact with other brigades.

After training

To attempt?

Piranha rescue is not very big yet within the association, but that must of course change! Would you like to follow a training to become a lifeguard or just train with us, please come and visit one of our training courses or send an email to



The Enschede rescue brigade trains every Monday in the Spiegelbad (winter season) or outdoor pool of the University of Twente (summer season). The exact training times can be found here.


The training is divided into two parts. In the first part attention is paid to the training to become a lifeguard. Transporting and rescuing drowning people is central to this. For example, one learns the following:


  • The execution of a dry rescue. A dry rescue is when a rescuer approaches the drowning person from the shore using aids and rescue equipment. The rescuer does not enter the water himself. In this case, the drowning person is conscious.

  • The execution of a wet rescue. A wet rescue is necessary when the drowning person is unconscious. The rescuer enters the water and transports the drowning person to shore with a transport handle.


The second part focuses on training for competitions. The Enschede rescue brigade regularly visits competitions, including several evening marathons. During an evening marathon, several brigades from the area compete against each other. The brigade that covers the longest swimming distance wins. Parts that are practiced during the competition part are:

  • 100 meters of pop transport with fins. The swimmer first swims 50 meters front crawl, after which he / she dives underwater and a doll emerges from the bottom. After this, the doll is transported to the finish.

  • 4 x 25 meter pop transport. The swimmer transports a doll 25 meters after which it is handed over to another swimmer.


Curious about the difference between a rescue and aid? Or are you curious about which transport options there are? Or do you want to know which other competition components there are? Then come by!

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