We believe that all drownings are preventable and we exist to make sure no one ever drowns.

We are the UK’s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education.Read more

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Become a Pool Lifeguard with the RLSS UK's National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) We have trained over 90,000 Lifeguards. Click here to find out more!


Author: James Soley

Rookie Lifeguard

RLSS UK’s Rookie Lifeguard programme gives your child the skills they need to be confident in the pool and by the sea.


Author: Tom Laker

Water Smart Award

As the UK’s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education, RLSS UK has produced an award that sets out a national standard for water safety.



Over 700 people die from drowning

each year on average in the UK and Ireland

One in two people who accidentally drowned

never intended to enter the water

Males are four times as likely

To drown than females

  • National Lifesaving Championships 2018

    The National Lifesaving Championship (Nationals) is the premier lifesaving competition in the UK - 3 November 2018 - John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds. Read more

  • RLSS UK National Club Simulated Emergency Response Championship (SERC) 2018

    The Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) tests the initiative, judgement, knowledge and ability of lifesavers who apply their lifesaving skills to an unknown simulated emergency situation whilst working as a team. Read more

  • Speeds 2019

    Details about the 2019 event will be coming soon! Read more

  • Be safe and be seen with Swim Secure

    The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is excited to announce that the UK’s leading supplier of open water dry-bag and tow-floats, Swim Secure, has become a new water safety partner. Read more

  • Launched and live: the new-look RLSS UK website has arrived!

    Since the start of August, the Marketing and Communications Team have been hard at work building a brand new website for the society. Read more

  • Jo Talbot Appointed Interim Director of IQL UK

    The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s leading water safety charity, has appointed Jo Talbot as Interim Director of its awarding body, IQL UK. Read more

  • Lifesavers recognised with special awards

    Three incredible Hull Culture and Leisure (HCAL) lifeguards and staff at Albert Avenue Pools, whose quick-thinking and actions saved the life of an 81-year-old swimmer, are being presented with special awards at the Guildhall today (Tuesday 16 October). Read more