The NWSMP Instructor course provides candidates with all the required knowledge to deliver the RLSS UK NWSMP course. The NWSMP ensure employees are capable and confident when operating around the water safety margins.

NWSMP is a key step forward in developing the water safety knowledge, skills and confidence of those operating around the water safety margins.


Interested in becoming a NWSMP Instructor?

The pre-requisites to become an NWSMP Instructor are:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Must hold a recognised teaching and assessing qualification from a recognised awarding body
  • Must already have some open water experience, e.g. surfing, canoeing, kayaking, etc.
  • Submit a short CV detailing open water experience (to be submitted to the tutor)
  • Complete the four-day Instructor Programme, integrating both NWSMP Levels 1 – 3, including all three environments of Level 2: Beach, River and Still Water
  • For those candidates who already hold the NWSMP Levels 1 – 3, complete the two-day Instructor Orientation Programme
  • Must pass Life Support 3 assessment
  • If a candidate wishes to deliver any/all of the bolt-on modules: APPE, Occupational Flood Safety, Pool, these must also be completed

Quality Assurance

Probationary Instructors:

  • Are mentored by their allocated Tutor before, during and after the first course(s) they deliver
  • Must comply with RLSS UK Code of Practice and NWSMP delivery and assessment guidance documentation
  • Must maintain a current CPR Update and hold a valid LS3 or equivalent, e.g. NPLQ, NVBLQ
  • Complete any further RLSS UK updates as and when they arise

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