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National Water Safety Management Programme

| Online Classroom with an in person Practical Day |

Aviemore, Scottish Highlands | Blackpool, Lancashire | Anglesey, Wales

"Sarah is a fab instructor and is professional and reassuring at the same time!"
- Rhoda, May 2021

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. 

Where can I take this course?

The theory parts of this course are currently delivered live in my online classroom via the Zoom app.  Your in person practical element will take place in one of three locations: 

  • Aviemore, Scottish Highlands

  • Blackpool, North West England

  • Anglesey, Wales


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 Theory Dates: 

  • Dates Coming SOON!​

Practical Assessment Dates and Location:

  • Blackpool, North West - Dates Coming SOON!

  • Anglesey Outdoors, Wales - Dates Coming SOON!

  • Aviemore, Scottish Highlands - Dates Coming SOON!

More information!

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

The theory elements are currently being run online in our classroom.  You are assessed throughout the course by the course tutor.  Your in person practical will consist of visiting various sites and conducting risk assessments and in water practical activities.  

Cost: £250

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

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Can't see suitable dates? Have a group booking? Would like a full in person course? Register your interest for courses HERE!

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 wih the knowledge and skills to perform effective emergency response and carry out casualty care and management.