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Bowline (Figure 3:30)

3.38 Bowline (Figure 3:30)

The Bowline is a useful knot for laid rope in rescue work. It produces a non-slip loop which is always easy to undo, even if the rope is wet. The Bowline can be used in making a life line around a person's waist and also for securing guide lines to stretchers.

Hold the rope in the left hand and form a small loop over the top of the standing part. Hold in place with the thumb on the left hand. Then with the running end (around the back if necessary) feed the end through the back of the loop, round behind the standing part and tuck the end back through the loop. Dress and pull tight. Time should be spent practicing tying the Bowline around objects, around the waist and with an open loop.


The Bowline is not recommended for use with synthetic kernmantel rope due to the high risk of knot creep. The Figure of Eight Loop or the Figure of Eight on the Bight should be used for safety.

Fig 3:30 Bowline