The RLSS UK Guidance for Open Water Swimming Operators Managing Lifeguard during COVID-19 has been created to support any open water swimming operators who uses lifeguards.

RLSS UK suggests that the guidance is considered when reviewing risk assessment, deciding on control measures to reduce risk and when developing revised operating procedures. The measures suggested in the guidance may not be appropriate for all venues and/or situations and should be considered as part of the wider plan to protect staff, customers and third parties. The guidance is not exhaustive and further guidance may be sort from other organisations.

Please note this is an ever-changing environment and guidance will be updated regularly following changes from the government. It is important that you ensure you have the most recent version, which can be found here.

Following the changes to the restrictions in England from 19/07/2021, Operators managing lifeguards or swimming teachers will need to review relevant risk assessments created to mitigate the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19, whilst they undertake their role. Any changes made, must be in line with the latest restrictions/ Government guidelines.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail [email protected] or 0300 3230 096.

Click here to download RLSS UK Guidance for Open Water Swimming Operators

16/07/2021 – Added paragraph about regarding the easing of restrictions in England on 19/07/2021

01/06/2020 - Version 1.1 includes amendments to the type of mask that RLSS UK recommend lifeguards wear as PPE

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