Royal Life Saving Society ‘National Water Safety Management Programme’

Helping employers comply with the statutory requirements: Personnel working water’s edge where a risk assessment details the chance of an ‘accidental immersion’. HSE endorsed and DEFRA (Flood module) / CDM Regulations 2015 compliant.


Supporting Employers – Protecting Employees.


RLSS UK has developed the National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) to provide a flexible occupational water safety management training solution for a wide range of employers who require their workforce to operate safely in or near water.


  • Equip anyone working in, on or near water with essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about managing safety.
  • Enable group leaders to deliver safer activity at open water sites.
  • Develop occupational water safety skills for employees working around the water margins.
  • Facilitate compliance with Statutory and Civil obligations, especially the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 with related regulations and covering Safe Systems of Work.
  • Develop effective Emergency Response Skills for those working in a water-based environment.


Modules include

  • Water Awareness (Available as a half-day course – see ‘shore based / classroom’ page.
  • Still Water
  • River
  • Flood
  • Aquatic PPE
  • In-Water Skills
  • In-Water Rescue

12:1 candidate / instructor ratio for ‘Still Water’, 8:1 at the river. Full aquatic PPE can be hired by arrangement if required.


Course places 

One-day course

  • Level 1) Water Awareness
  • Level 2) Still Water or Flood or River module with optional ‘In-Water Skills’ session covering self-rescue techniques.


Two-day course

Same day 1, day 2 has options

  • Options A) Two further Level 2) modules: Still Water or Flood or River
  • Option B) One further Level 2) module Still Water or Flood or River, Level 3) In-Water Rescue not for poor swimmers.