Royal Life Saving Society


Various occupational water safety rescue and compliant course options, contact us for further information.

RLSS Water Safety Awareness and Rescue Training

We offer the Royal Life Saving Society 'Water Safety Equipment Training' as a basic introduction, from only # £39.95 on group bookings and also the 'National Water Safety Management Programme' which is HSE endorsed, also CDM regulations 2015 and elements are DEFRA compliant. Ideal for employers.

Course place prices from £150.00 per candidate, number of modules taken dependant.

RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme; 'HSE endorsed , CDM Regs' 15 compliant - Flood module DEFRA Level 1 compliant'

Occupational Water Safety – Protect your employees with the National Water Safety Management Programme. Recent floods, following on from a recent spate of summer drowning’s, have focused attention on the need for employers to provide appropriate workplace training in line with statutory and civil obligations.

RLSS UK has responded to employers’ needs by developing the NWSMP. Endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive, the Programme is also fully compliant with the DEFRA framework - the UK guide for flood resilience and management.

NWSMP challenges perceptions about water safety, informs about the specific nature of water-based hazards and cross matches to sensible, practical control options – linked to in-house management systems. As well as a strong focus on preventative measures, the awards also teach emergency response skills.

Birmingham & Midland Marine Services can offer you a tailor-made course, building upon the Level 1 ‘Water Awareness’ (Foundation level) module. If we can discuss your working environment by email or telephone we can advise upon a suitable and relevant programme of training to your companies / organisation's exact needs.

Who is NWSMP for?

Anyone who works or could potentially work near water, including those who might be involved in emergency management. This includes a range of workforces such as;







We can provide bespoke water safety training courses for the construction, civil engineering, rail, utilities, events, maintenance, environmental, emergency services and military sectors.

Birmingham & Midland Marine Services offer:


Birmingham & Midland Marine Services offer a commercially orientated NWSMP course (CDM Regs 2015 compliant) across either one or two days; the choice of modules dependent. Levels 1, 2 ‘Still Water’, 2 ‘River & 3 ‘In-Water Rescue’, 'Aquatic PPE Users' or 'Flood' awareness module and an 'In-Water Skills' session. Course tailored to your organisational requirements.

Birmingham & Midland Marine Services specialise in providing occupational water safety and rescue training, plus commercial vessel and rescue boat training. Our market is the civil engineering, construction, utilities, rail, environmental, ecological and maintenance sectors rather than the 'leisure' market, although the RLSS NWSMP covers the leisure sector perfectly.

During a 'typical' course, day one is the foundation level 1) 'Water Safety Awareness' (including comprehensive ‘lifejacket-user’ session) followed by a Level 2) 'Still Water' module in the afternoon which includes a very ‘hands-on’ practical 'co-worker rescue' element. ‘Reach-and-Rescue’ telescopic rescue aid & ‘throwbag’ (& cinches) training included on our packages.

For those candidates not attending day two there will be the option of taking an 'In-Water Skills' session; ‘self-rescue’ coaching and basic manoeuvring in the water wearing full aquatic PPE. (available to hire if required)

Day two commences with the Level 2) 'River' module in the morning, initially at the classroom at Gailey Wharf prior to moving to our 'river' location a short drive away at Great Haywood. A lovely café with welfare facilities is our base here and we work beneath the medieval ‘Essex Bridge’, part of the National Trust property at ‘Shugborough Hall’, the former home of Lord Lichfield. Here, ‘Birmingham & Midland Marine Services’ have licence to operate specialist water rescue training courses.

Following our 'bank-walk' (safety brief and site-induction) and conducting a risk assessment exercise, we kit up into full APPE; drysuits, helmets, boots and helmet (available to hire) and undertake a mixture of exercises which will allow the candidate to attain the 'In-Water Skills' module or, for the more adept swimmers, the Level 3) 'In-Water Rescue' module.

Additional content here ‘above & beyond’ the NWSMP is the inclusion of Wading; wedges, line-astern, wading with a casualty; your instructional staff are trained ‘Blue-Light’ water rescue technicians and aim to give our candidates a worthwhile experience in the water.

Day one only: Level 1) & 2) ‘Still Water’ (with optional 'In-Water Skills' – APPE hire available) from £150.00 per candidate.

Day one (as above) & Day two: Level 2) 'River' module & Level 3) 'In Water Rescue' module or, 'In-Water Skills' module (APPE hire available) from £195.00 per candidate.

Bespoke 'closed' courses including 'Flood' and 'Aquatic PPE Users' by appointment with packages specifically designed around your operational roles. Package options include options such as the 'River' module, 'In Water Rescue' module , 'Aquatic PPE user's' module, 'Flood Awareness' module, 'In Water Skills' session.

In water equipment hire - buoyancy aid, boots, drysuit & helmet & Life jacket hire available with top quality kit available by appointment.

Discounts are available if booking in excess of six candidates per course or four or more modules / sessions over two days consecutive training.


RLSS UK has developed Water Rescue Equipment Training to provide basic rescue skills to anyone working near water, along with any members of the public that would like to know what to do in an emergency. The training is delivered over two hours and does not include entering the water, you will learn about the hazards and dangers of open water, how to use basic rescue techniques as well as rescue equipment that can be found around waterways across the UK.

This training is for any person who may be looked upon to respond in an emergency who does not have a statutory or duty to respond, such as members of the public, staff at businesses near to water (e.g. bar staff), or emergency service responders who are not tasked with aquatic rescue (e.g. Police).

The syllabus provides an opportunity for learners to gain a basic understanding of the risks involved in rescuing a drowning person, and to build experience and practice in using Public Rescue Equipment (PRE).

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Prices from £39.95 per candidate, based upon a group of ten training at our location.

Additional RLSS Water Safety training ‘closed-course’ availability: 'Weekends and evenings only'

Additional IQL / RLSS First Aid ‘closed-course’ availability: 'Weekends and evenngs only'

To discuss designing a bespoke course for your company or organisation please contact us for further information. Discounts on group bookings available.

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