National Water Safety Management Programme

| Online Classroom with an in person Practical Day |

Aviemore, Scottish Highlands

The National Water Safety Management programme (NWSMP) embraces contemporary approaches to risk management by balancing the need for simple pro-active safety management practices, with a strong focus on preventative measures – along with effective emergency response skills.  This is an RLSS UK Certified award and endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive.   


The NWSMP is built around a modular framework, enabling employers to construct relevant and bespoke water safety training programmes by selecting modules most suited to their operational and individual needs.  

The programmes starts with:

Level 1 - Water Safety Awareness: This provides the platform for the more advanced modules.

Level 2 - Environment Specific: Beach, River and Still Water (including basic rescue techniques).

Level 3 - In-Water Rescue Techniques: Covers the essential rescue knowledge and competency. 

The Life Support module can be bolted on to make a more comprehensive programme. 

The level 3 elements will need refreshed every 2 years!

Where can I take this course?

This course takes place in the outdoors, typically in and around the Highlands and the Moray Coast: 

  • Aviemore, Scottish Highlands


Length of Course:

Level 1: Self study and guided learning - 4 hours

Level 2: Beach, River, Still Water, Life Support - 3 hours per modules

Level 3: In-Water Rescue: 3 hours 

The course is typically run over 2 days. 

Course Dates: 

  • Dates Coming SOON!​

This course can be delivered in a blended format with theory elements being delivered in our online classroom via the Zoom app. Get in touch for further information! 

More information!

Allow 2-3 hours to complete pre course self study programme and question paper! 

You are assessed throughout the course by the course tutor.  Your course will consist of visiting various sites and conducting risk assessments and in water practical activities.  

You will need to provide your own travel and accommodation for your practical day. 

Click HERE for a suggested course kit list

Would you like a course delivered nearer to you? We require a minimum of 6 learners, a suitable venue with an appropriate room for theory delivery and a swimming pool with facilities for changing and showering. 

If you can find the above requirements then we would love to have a conversation about running a course for you!

For details on pricing get in touch!

Day 1: 9am - 6:30pm

Level 1 

  • Practical Open Water Safety Management and Personal Safety

  • Classification of Open Water Hazards and Water Safety Issues

  • Effects of Cold Water Immersion

  • Risk Assessments and Appropriate Control Measures 

  • Legal Requirements and Duty of Care for Group Leaders

  • Group Management and Risk Assessment

  • Practical Risk Management Skills

  • Casualty Recognition and Rescue Skills

  • Application of Basic Emergency Response 

Level 2 

  • Identify and Communicate Site and Activity Management

  • Site and Dynamic Risk Assessment Processes

  • Environment Specific Hazards

  • Prepare Water Safety Management Plan

  • Operating Procedures and Emergency Action Plan

  • Principles of recue

Day 2: 9am - 6:00pm

Level 2 Cont...

  • Practical Application of Operating Procedures and Emergency Action Plans

  • Simulated Group Management

  • Practical Emergency Response and Rescue Techniques

Level 3 

  • Casualty Management and Aftercare 

  • Spinal Injury Management

  • Practical Rescue Techniques

  • Underwater Search Techniques and Casualty Recovery

  • Simulated Emergency Service Liaising

Optional Level 2 - Basic Life Support Module

  • Basic Adult and Child Life Support 

  • Basic First Aid including Choking, Bleeding and Shock

After the course:

What you'll be able to do:

On completion of your National Water Safety Management course you will be equipped with the essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about managing safety around open water environments.   As a group leader you will be able to deliver safer activities at open water locations.  You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to perform effective emergency response and carry out casualty care and management.