RLSS UK has been committed to supporting the industry during COVID-19 and provided guidance throughout, using our experience, expert Advisors, Partners and information from various government groups and other organisations to provide support. Various guidance documents have been created and used throughout the pandemic.

In July 2021, the following statement, was published (regarding Operators managing lifeguards and swimming teachers): 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.

Update 15/10/2021

The easing of restrictions has meant some of the guidance below may no longer be relevant. However, COVID-19 is still prevalent, and it remains the Operator’s responsibility to protect lifeguards and swimming teachers from contracting COVID-19. It is for Operators to carry out risk assessments and determine the control measures they will put in place.

Important - The guidance from Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) regarding providing CPR during COVID-19 still remains in place and full information can be found in the guidance below.

Guidance for training and assessing during COVID-19 has been updated and can be found here. With the easing of guidance for training and assessment Operators may choose not to use the COVID-19 specific training detailed below and revert to pre-COVID-19 training:

  • Return to Work Competency Assessment for COVID-19
  • Ongoing Training and Competency Assessment Plan for COVID-19

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


GUIDANCE – Pool Lifeguards

Click here to download RLSS UK Guidance for Swimming Pool Operators Managing Lifeguards during COVID-19

Click here to download Return to Work Competency Assessment

Click here to download Return to Work Competency Assessment Question Bank

Click here to download Ongoing Training & Competency Assessment Plan

Click here for videos and photos of CPR and First Aid Skills

Poster for Lifeguards – CPR including rescue breaths

Poster for Lifeguards – CPR without rescue breaths

Use of face coverings when lifeguarding


GUIDANCE – Swimming Teachers

Click here to download RLSS UK Guidance for Swimming Teachers

Click here to download Return to Work Competency Assessment

Click here for videos and photos of CPR and First Aid Skills


GUIDANCE – Beach Lifeguards

Click here to download RLSS UK Guidance for Beach Operators Managing Lifeguards

Click here to download Return to Work Competency Assessment

Click here for videos and photos of CPR and First Aid Skills


GUIDANCE – Aqua Park Lifeguards

Click here to download RLSS UK Guidance for Aqua Park Operators

Click here for videos and photos of CPR and First Aid Skills


GUIDANCE – Open Water Lifeguards

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

Click here to download Return to Work Competency Assessment

Click here for videos and photos of CPR and First Aid Skills