In today’s challenging world, executives, dignitaries, and VIPs use water venues for both professional and recreational settings to include activities such as boating, water skiing, tubing, fishing, swimming, SCUBA diving, sight-seeing, and others. With 71% of the earth’s surface covered by water, there’s a high probability that services as an Executive Protection Agent or Security Specialist will include protective operations in a waterborne environment.
Executive protection agents must be properly trained to competently and confidently perform in a variety of waterborne environments to ensure that their clients are Safe.
The Waterborne Safety Operations Training Program (WSO-201) is designed to deliver a comprehensive blend of skills for agents providing safety and security oversight of principal activities in and around bodies of water.
Successful completion of the course includes a two-year certification as a Lifeguard with Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED, and First-Aid through the American Red Cross, and a Boater License through a state government of the student’s choice.
This unique, modular training program is delivered via a hybrid combination of live, instructor-led instruction, challenging practical application drills, and web-based/online components. The program culminates with several mission profile scenarios in which students will be evaluated on the entire spectrum of skills encompassed by the curriculum.
Participants receive dynamic instruction from real-world, operationally experienced instructors with decades of combined waterborne operations experience, including military special operations, combat diving (open and closed-circuit), dive supervising, scout swimmer operations, maritime visit, boarding, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations, executive protection service in both domestic and international environments, and certified lifeguards.
Who Should Attend?
This course is open to all security, military, and law enforcement professionals. Allied Universal® champions diversity in the EP industry and encourages qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
The waterborne environment and its relation to the executive protection mission profile
Waterborne hazards and mitigation strategies
Weather, sea state, and water temperature considerations
Swimming pool best practices
Open water best practices
Lifeguard certification through the American Red Cross
CPR, AED, and first-aid certification through the American Red Cross
Boater licensing (student will select one of the 50 United States)
Medical first responder skills and considerations
MEDEVAC best practices
Swimming pool and open water rescues
Watercraft considerations and best practices
Agent individual equipment considerations
Safety equipment considerations
Mission planning and use of an open water float plan
Development of individual and organizational standard operating procedures
This training incorporates classroom instruction, live demonstrations, hands-on application, and situational training exercises (STXs).
Participants receive dynamic instruction from real-world, operationally experienced instructors with decades of combined waterborne operations experience, including military special operations, combat diving (open and closed-circuit), dive supervising, scout swimmer operations, maritime visit, boarding, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations, executive protection service in both domestic and international environments, and certified lifeguard instructors.
Successful participants will be awarded a CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION for this program. In addition, successful graduates will receive:
Lifeguard Certification, American Red Cross (2-year)
Adult/Pediatric CPR, AED, First-Aid Certification (2-year)
Boater License (from one of the 50 state governments)
Individuals who fail to meet the standards of this training program will not be qualified by the Academy but will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
Allied Universal is dedicated to the improvement and professionalization of the executive protection industry. Academy applicants will be evaluated according to a mix of criteria prior to course admission:
Demonstrably high degree of personal ethics and professionalism
Students should be competent and confident swimmers with the ability to swim 300 meters non-stop and tread water for two minutes.
There will be a Red Cross Basic Lifeguarding online course and the boater education online course that will be required to be completed before the start of the course. Materials will be made available by the instructor and will be contacting students directly.
This is a comprehensive 3-day, 24-hour course. Training typically runs from 08:00 to 17:00.
Standard registration: $1,580 USD
Employees of Allied Universal Executive Protection and Intelligence Services who are approved to attend this training may do so free of charge.
Non-employee participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and personal insurance (if desired). Accepted applicants will be notified as early as possible to allow ample time for arrangements and reservations.
Registration & Confirmation
Please note that your seat will not be reserved until tuition is received. Tuition is refundable up to 30 days prior to training. Due to the sensitive nature of this program all applications are subject to review and vetting. Should any concerns arise in reference to your application you will be contacted by our training management team.
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and personal insurance (if desired). Accepted applicants will be notified as early as possible to allow ample time for arrangements and reservations.
Allied Universal Executive Protection and Intelligence Services employees approved to attend this training may do so free of charge if you’ve received approval to attend this training via your chain of command.
If you have questions about the Waterborne Safety Operations Course prerequisites, or other training opportunities, please send us an email. For questions about this course, please email Duke Speed, Senior Training Manager at Richard.Speed@aus.com or John Lower, Training Manager at John.Lower@aus.com
Guidelines & Required Equipment
Additional course information— including address/ directions, required equipment, and training guidelines— will be provided in your confirmation email after registration.
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Regardless of symptoms, participants should not attend if they are feeling unwell, or if they have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive or exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 within the previous 14 days.
All participants must wash hands frequently and should utilize hand sanitizer regularly. Sanitizer will be provided.