Water Safety Advice For Your Business

Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is proud to be the UK and Ireland's industry leader in water-related safety qualifications and training for aquatic, open water, and beach operators and be recognised worldwide as an expert in lifeguarding and water safety.

We work with an impressive list of national leisure operators and partners - from hotels, spas, and competition pools to leisure centres, aqua parks and open water venues and have supported many businesses and landowners in meeting their responsibilities to water safety. 

Our trusted brand gives peace of mind to businesses and the millions of people who access the facilities and sites we support.

Qualifications and Awards

Water safety training is essential for any business with employees working on, in, or near water. Every year, we certify more than 60,000 regulated qualifications and non-regulated vocational training awards, and more lifeguards qualify with RLSS UK than any other awarding body! 


We support many large organisations and businesses with more bespoke training needs - including the cruise and holiday industries. We can adapt 'off the shelf' RLSS UK qualifications and awards to provide a solution or create new, bespoke training products or packages tailored to your business.


We are experts at delivering clear and practical consultancy support to any business, organisation or individual with liabilities to visitors and staff around water. Our consultancy work is varied, and we cover a wide range of locations across the UK. For example, in 2023, we completed projects including water safety risk assessments for indoor pools and open water venues, local authorities and private landowners who own/manage bodies of water, as well as water safety audits on the coast. 


We are also at the forefront of supporting companies in manufacturing and distributing innovative and compliant lifesaving equipment, and the RLSS UK Shop offers official uniforms and training, first aid, and safety equipment for the leisure industry and beyond.

To find out how we can help your business, contact us at [email protected].


The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is awarded to more lifeguards than any other pool lifeguard qualification in UK and Ireland– this was a staggering 41,289 lifeguards in 2018.


The NPLQ is independently assessed by RLSS UK Trainer Assessors – helping to ensure consistent quality of delivery and assessment.


NPLQ is the only UK qualification recognised across the globe – meaning you can work or volunteer as a lifeguard in many different countries.


We have over 5,000 RLSS UK Trainer Assessors qualified to train and assess our aquatic qualifications.


We support the delivery of the NPLQ with a wide range of technical advice and support including Face-to-Face Forums, telephone and online advice.


It is very easy and cost effective to ‘bolt on’ additional qualifications to the RLSS UK NPLQ including Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Management of Anaphylaxis, Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and First Aid Work (FAW) enabling you to tailor the needs of your qualification.


RLSS UK is the biggest lifeguarding awarding organisation in the UK. We have market leading qualifications for all aquatic settings including Pool, Beach and Open Water.


The majority of Leisure Management companies use NPLQ qualified lifeguards – they are confident that the NPLQ is the premium standard and is proven to be robust following a drowning or pool fatality.


The NPLQ is CIMPSA endorsed.


Our qualifications are created and reviewed by experts in Lifeguarding and representatives of Leisure Operators to ensure they are robust and meet the needs of our customers.

To find out more about our National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) click here.

To find out more about the RLSS UK and our ambitions click here.