RLSS UK National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP)

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RLSS UK National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP):


Relevant to a wide range of sectors, including teaching (field trips), construction, environmental health, leisure and the emergency services
Fulfils the water safety training needs of a wide range of users (reflecting the range of activities that take place in and around the water’s edge)
Endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive for its sensible, proportionate, reasonable and balanced advice to both those responsible for groups around the water margin or workers operating in, on or near water and in particular managing the risk from operating around the water margin.

Balancing Prevention and Response

The NWSMP programme embraces contemporary approaches to risk management by balancing the need for simple pro-active safety management practices, with a strong focus on preventative measures – along with effective emergency response skills.

Flexible Modular Framework relevant to a wide range of sectors

The NWSMP is built around a modular framework, enabling employers to construct relevant and bespoke water safety training programmes by selecting modules most suited to their operational and individual needs.


The programme starts with Level 1, the Water Safety Awareness Module, which provides the theoretical platform for more advanced modules. Environment Specific Modules cover hazards associated with flood, beach, river and still water as well as basic rescue techniques. The flood module meets DEFRA standards (Module 1 Water Awareness). For anyone requiring more advanced rescue skills, the In-Water Rescue Module covers essential in-water rescue knowledge and tests competency.

Life Support can be bolted on to make a truly comprehensive programme and additional NWSMP modules are being considered to meet the needs of even more employers.

The NWSMP is a RLSS UK certificated award. Level 1 includes a self study pack and a four hour guided learning unit. Each Level 2 and Level 3 Module involves three hours of training. The duration of the course will depend on modules taken but a typical programme, covering Level 1, two Level 2 Modules and Level 3 requires 2 days of training.

RTA will provide courses to order.

Also have opportunities to deliver this course on the Costa Blanca south in Spain - Playa Flamenca area.

Additional entry requirements

16 years. For Level 3 you must be water confident as this involves swimming in open water and performing rescues.

Awarding body

Royal Life Saving Society UK

Training for employers

This course has been specifically designed for companies training their employees.

Course info


Warrington, WA4 2NF


During the day or In the evening


By arrangement


Customised to suit your needs.


Vocational Related Qualification (VRQ)

Class size:

Max size:12

per course

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