Courses Available

National Water Safety
Management Programme

National Pool
Lifeguard Qualification


National Rescue Award for
Swimming Teachers and Coachers

and Save

Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) award

Open Water


  • National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP)

    The NWSMP is a suite of interlinked training courses designed to meet the civil and statutory safety management obligations of employers of people who work near, on, in or around water – and especially those with supervisory responsibility. 



    The programme also recognises the need for flexibility – that is to say that different individuals in different working situations have different training needs and an adaptable, modular programme is the most effective way of meeting those needs. So the NWSMP allows employers to construct wholly relevant individual training programmes by selecting and linking together those modules most suited to operational and individual needs.


    Basic Overview

    • Level 1 – those working/supervising near water but with a definite intention NOT to get in e.g. School Teacher taking a group on field trip
    • Level 2 – 'environment specific i.e. river, still, or beach and recognising a greater likelihood of getting closer to or in water but with a definite intention stay within standing depth e.g. construction worker or Ranger working at the margins
    • Level 3 – including 'in-water' rescue skills e.g. Outdoor Pursuits Instructor leading a Water-sports session when clients might be swimming out of their depth

    Overview of syllabus


    Everyone starts with the foundation' Water Safety Awareness' module (self-study at home followed by the core module on the first day of the course) and may then move onto a range of 'Environment Specific' modules leading, where required, to 'in-water rescue'.


    Programme Development

    The NWSMP is as relevant to a School Teacher as it is to a member of the Emergency Services, Countryside Ranger, Scout leader, Construction worker or Outdoor Pursuits instructor so the programme has been developed in close consultation with a number of relevant lead bodies including HSE, OEAP, EPA, Devon & Cornwall Police



    • Enable the facilitation, encouragement and enjoyment of safer open- water activity by equipping those who work near, in, on or around water with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about safety.
    • Develop personal safety skills for lone workers operating in a water-based environment
    • Develop aquatic emergency response skills

    The Course

    • This course will follow on from your self-study water safety awareness module during the first morning. In the afternoon the course will continue with a level 2 module which will be the River or beach module. Day 2 will start with the Beach or River and Still water modules and then we will complete the Level 3 'in water' module. This is a very active & participative course and will therefore be more enjoyable if you have been swimming immediately prior to the course!
    • With the Level 2 units you will be required to get into the water up to your waist and with the Level 3 you will be required to be able to swim and tow a casualty. If you own a wetsuit or dry suit this would be useful to bring.

    Further information from the RLSS website

  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

    The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland that complies with the industry guidance contained within the HSE publication 'Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools' Generally, the NPLQ is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard.

    The RLSS UK NPLQ is not just a qualification it can be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry.

    The NPLQ course duration is 36 hours with an optional bolt on element of Automated External Defibrilation which is 1.5 hours.

    The course comprises of physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a practical in-water and out-of-water assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR and lifesaving skills.

    The qualification is internationally recognised and is incorporated on the Qualifications Framework at Level 2. The NPLQ is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and a further 20 hours of ongoing training and competency assessment must be completed before a lifeguard can renew their qualification prior to the expiry of their existing award.

    More details on the RLSS website

  • Emergency Response (Pool)

    The Emergency Response Certificate (Swimming Pools) is a Certificate of Water Rescue Competence for staff working in a facility where there is a swimming pool but where there is no direct poolside supervision. In addition, the qualification will apply where pool operators wish to provide a suitable programme of training and independent assessment for ancillary staff who may act in support of the lifeguard team. This is not a Lifeguard qualification.

    There are no prerequisites for this qualification. This is not a Lifeguard qualification.

    More details on the RLSS website 

  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coachers (NRASTC)

    This qualification trains the practical Lifesaving skills that may be needed by anyone teaching or coaching swimming or another programmed activity in the pool.

    The qualification is endorsed by the Amateur Swimming Association, the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management and the Institute of Swimming Teachers and Coaches. It is also recognised in 'Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools' as being appropriate for those supervising programmed activities.

    There are no prerequisites for this qualification. This is not a Lifeguard qualification.

    More details on the RLSS website

  • Survive and Save Programme

    RLSS UK Survive & Save Programme is the lifesaving awards programme for teens and adults (12years+). The awards are challenging but fun to complete and they are arranged into Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels to ensure that you continue to develop your lifesaving skills as you progress through the awards.

    The awards teach lifesaving rescue, self-rescue, survival, and lifesaving sport skills, and also develop swimming ability and fitness.

    There are four award areas to achieve, the Medallion Awards, the Beach Awards, the Stillwater Awards and the Sport Awards, and you can choose to specialise in one area or learn a broader range of skills by completing multiple awards.

    The highest achievement in the Survive & Save Programme is the Distinction Award, which is awarded by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to those who achieve 3 Gold Level awards within a 24 month period.

    More details on the RLSS website

  • Open water lifeguard (OWL)

    The Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) module is a training programme designed to build upon Lifeguard competencies acquired in a pool setting. It should supplement the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification or equivalent and provide knowledge and understanding to individuals providing lifeguarding duties at open water sites (not coastal). Because open water is dynamic, and the requirements for lifeguards so variable, the OWL module alone cannot ensure the holder has all the knowledge, skills and fitness they need to manage every situation. Lifeguards should expect to have an induction for the environment they will be working in to understand the specific requirements for that site/event. Through induction the site operator should identify whether the candidate is suitable as well as provide any additional and on-going training or PPE they need to keep them fit for duty and ready to respond. Therefore, NPLQ or equivalent supplemented with the OWL module alone does not guarantee suitability for employment. 

    The training and assessment for the module is split into three sections:

    • Section 1 - Open Water Hazards
    • Section 2 - Lifeguarding an Open Water site
    • Section 3 - Practical in-water training

    Candidates must pass all of the sections to successfully complete the RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard module. The assessment identifies a candidate’s:

    • Knowledge and understanding of open water hazards
    • Ability to apply the principles of working as a Lifeguard at an open water site
    • Confidence and competence in applying Lifeguard skills in an open water setting

    Candidates must meet the following pre-requisites to attend the OWL module:

    • They must hold a current National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (or equivalent)
    • They should be able to meet the following basic fitness standards. - Before beginning the course, candidates should be able to complete a continuous swim of at least 400 metres in a pool. - Candidates should be able to dive to a depth of up to two metres without danger to their hearing

    More information from the RLSS website

Course Dates

  • NWSMP: 

    Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018 (Level 1, Level 2 River & Beach and Level 3) 

    Saturday 2nd June 2018 (Level 1, Level 2 River & Level 3)

    Two day course will cover the Level 1 - water awareness, Level 2 River and Beach and Level 3 - in water rescue - Price of the course is £160 including certification from the RLSS valid for 2 years.  If you are interested in a renewal of your NWSMP including Level 3, we can accommodate you on the Sunday afternoon, please contact me for further details and price

    One day course will cover the Level 1 – Water awareness, Level 2 – river and Level 3 – In Water rescue – Price of the course is £110 including certification from the RLSS valid for 2 years.  If you are interested in a renewal of your NWSMP including Level 3, we can accommodate you on Saturday late afternoon, please contact me for further details and price

    The courses will be based Water Park on the shores of Coniston Water in the Wright Lodge. The postcode is LA12 8DQ 0HP. Further details:

    Location Details

    Please contact me for more information and an application form

  • National Pool lifeguard Qualification

    Advice on Request
  • Emergency Response (Pool)

    Bespoke courses available on request
  • National Rescue Award for Swimming Teacher and Coachers (NRASTC)

    Bespoke courses available on request
  • Survive and Save Programme

    This programme is delivered at Kendal Lifesaving club at Kendal leisure centre on a Friday evening from September through to May each year. 

    Please contact me for further details

  • Open water lifeguard (OWL) - next course Sunday 3th June 2018

    Next course – Summer 2018 will be at Water Park, Coniston Water and is free to anyone who will use the OWL qualification in a volunteer capacity at the Great Swim swims