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! 

Training 

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.

Consultancy

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. 

RLSS UK Shop

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].

We are passionate about growing Open Water opportunities and supporting the development of best practice. We are also the UK’s leading provider of water safety education and qualifications.

Recent years have seen a huge growth in Aqua Parks across the UK and Ireland. RLSS UK has been working closely with the UK Aqua Park Steering Group since October 2017 to develop a set of industry minimum standards that will help drive high levels of safety both in operation and equipment across all Aqua Parks.

The ‘Industry Approved Aqua Park’ status will be awarded to Aqua Parks that can demonstrate that they meet the operational and equipment standards set out within the guidance.

Operational (Silver)

Looks at the safe operation of the Aqua Park, ensuring the correct documents, procedures, staff and training are in place for all sessions.

Full (Gold)

Looks at safe operation and Aqua Park equipment. There is a requirement for all equipment to meet EN and BSI standards.

These standards will be approved by the Aqua Park Steering Group and RLSS UK and then be made available to all sites that have signed up to the Aqua Park accreditation Programme.

The standards will be reviewed annually by the Steering Group and discussed with the wider programme participants. Any urgent changes required by the introduction of new legislation will be implemented as necessary outside of the annual review.

The checks will cover the following areas:

  1. Site
  • Control of access during operational and non-operational hours
  • Changing facilities
  • Access and egress for aqua park
  • Equipment for emergencies and the use of Emergency Services
  1. Participant Rules
  • Age and height as per manufacturers guidance
  • Swim ability
  • Health and physical condition
  • Safety equipment to be worn
  1. Safety Briefings & disclaimers
  • Detail of safety brief
  • Delivery of safety brief
  • Rules for usage
  • Detail for how rules are communicated and enforced
  1. Water
  • Quality testing is completed
  • Temperature for operation
  1. Water Safety Team
  • Age
  • Qualifications
  • Training (site specific)
  1. Daily Checks
  • Equipment checks
  • Cleaning procedures and checks
  1. Reporting & Documentation & Policies
  • Accident and incident reporting as per HSE guidance
  • Risk Assessments
  • Normal Operating Procedures
  • Emergency Operating Procedures
  • Public and Employee insurance
  • Child Protection
  • Equal Opportunities

How to become an Approved Aqua Park

If you are an Aqua Park Operator in the UK or Ireland and would like to register to become an RLSS UK Industry Approved Aqua Park please follow this link to register your interest. You will be required to register your interest and pay, a member of the RLSS UK team will then be in touch to book your site visit, please note this needs to take place when your park is operational.

To start your application to become an Industry Approved Aqua Park click here.

To view our Aqua Park manufacturer partners, click here