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].


There has been a recent change to the Health and Safety Executive guidance, Managing health and safety in swimming pools - HSG179.

Following research conducted by RLSS UK, which prompted some changes to the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) in July 2023, the mention of 10:20 has recently been removed from HSG179. Read the latest version of the publication ‘Managing health and safety in swimming pools’ here. 
The results from the research (find out more about the research here) demonstrated that lifeguards could not follow the 10-second scanning rule despite being told to and reverted to a natural scan pattern. This prompted RLSS UK to remove 10:20 from the NPLQ in July 2023 and replace it with Natural Scan: 20. Instructing lifeguards to continuously scan the pool and/or zone they are responsible for and instructing operators to ensure lifeguards can get to any area within their zone within 20 seconds.
In July 2023, the Health and Safety Executive provided a quote supporting the changes RLSS UK had made, and now they have updated their guidance for swimming pool operators to remove 10:20.
Jo Talbot, Director RLSS UK: “I am thrilled the HSE has made the changes, and the guidance within HSG179 regarding lifeguard scanning reflects the research conducted. We pride ourselves at RLSS UK on supporting the swimming pool industry and providing the most robust qualifications to provide the best lifeguards, fully equipped to make swimming pools as safe as possible. This change means the guidance and our qualifications are in line, and most importantly, the swimming pool can ensure their lifeguards are using tried and tested methods to supervise the swimming pool, helping everyone to enjoy water safely.”
We have created a comparison between HSG179 Fourth edition 02/18 and 03/18, it details the changes relating to 10:20 and other changes that the Health and Safety Executive have made.

View comparison here