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].

Ilfracombe Harbour is the largest harbour on the North Devon coastline and has existed as a port for centuries. Following internal planning processes and community engagement, North Devon Council, who manage the area, wanted to explore opening the tidal basin at the harbour to groups such as local diving and swimming clubs. Also in the harbour is Larkstone Cove, where a new watersports hub has recently opened, offering instructor-led activities in coasteering, kayaking, open water swimming, and stand-up paddle boarding. 

In the summer of 2023, North Devon Council commissioned RLSS UK Consultancy to undertake a Water Safety Review of the harbour. RLSS UK consultants visited the site to learn more about the facilities, associated safety equipment and environment. They also met with key stakeholders, including beach rangers, local RNLI volunteers, council employees, the harbour master, and local groups that use the facilities. Using their findings, they compiled a comprehensive Water Safety Risk Assessment and Water Safety Report, which detailed the current arrangements and made recommendations in areas such as signage, safety and rescue equipment, and operations, all in line with UK law, legislation, best practice, and industry guidance. The aim was to help North Devon Council understand their responsibilities around water safety and guide them to the best solutions for their situation.

Captain Georgina Carlo-Paat MBE, Ilfracombe Harbour Master, said, "We started to consider the health and safety implications of opening the tidal basin, and that’s when we discovered the consultancy arm of the RLSS UK. The RLSS UK consultants were absolutely brilliant, and the site visit was a really, really good day. Even before receiving the report, we could start moving a few steps ahead".

She praised the accessibility and clarity of the report, commenting, "No one in the Council had an issue understanding what the report was saying, which can be difficult as they’re not all aware of the ins and outs of the harbour."

Regarding working with RLSS UK, she said, "Knowing that RLSS UK is there at the end of the phone or email if we have further questions gives the Council peace of mind" and "When we go out and say we’ve had RLSS UK in to help, people know we’ve gone that extra mile, to ensure we’re doing what we can".

"When we go out and say we’ve had RLSS UK in to help, people know we’ve gone that extra mile."

When asked what advice she would give other local authorities considering their water safety liabilities, she said, "If you think you need a Water Safety Review, then don’t wait. We gave this an awful lot of thought and research prior to contacting RLSS UK. If we had gone straight to RLSS UK, we could have got all that information quicker".

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