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].

Published 15 April 2019

IQL UK, awarding body of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) – the Drowning Prevention Charity, is delighted to announce that CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) have formally endorsed their new National Pool Supervisor Qualification (NPSQ).

Designed for Duty Managers and Supervisors, the NPSQ joins a long list of other IQL UK qualifications, also endorsed by CIMSPA.

Currently, IQL UK’s National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) Generation 9 is the UK’s only ‘gold standard’ for lifeguarding, having secured CIMSPA endorsement against their Lifeguard Professional Standard in 2018. Originally developed by education specialists and sector employees, the CIMSPA Lifeguard Professional Standard provides an agreed standard for lifeguard training, right across the UK.

Today’s announcement sees IQL UK further cement its place, as one of the country’s leading providers of lifeguard training and recognises its commitment to supporting the leisure sector, in all aspects of water safety training and education.

 “This is a real coup for us and is a testament to my team’s hard work and dedication,” said Jo Talbot, Director of Commercial Operations (RLSS UK and IQL UK).

“We’re incredibly passionate about keeping people safe in, on and around water; IQL UK’s suite of qualifications plays an integral part of the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s drowning prevention work.

“Having our market-leading, National Pool Supervisor Qualification already endorsed by CIMPSA, reassures any employer training up a Duty Manager or Supervisor in the NPSQ, that they are augmenting the safety and well-being of their customers and staff.”

Regulated by OFQUAL and other regulators, IQL UK’s qualifications comprise of: 

    These are just some of the IQL UK courses, created and devised to help operators and venues keep their staff and customers safe.

    Colin Huffen, CIMSPA Head of Education added:

    “CIMSPA welcomes IQL UK’s continued work to build great qualifications for our sector.

    “Their new National Pool Supervisor Qualification offers a positive development pathway for employers to guide their staff onto.”