“I have just completed the trainer course for the RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme (May 2014). I have to compliment Damian Hall, the course leader. I have attended many training events in my career of 34 years and Damian is right up there with the best; comprehensive knowledge and experience, and superb delivery/facilitation skills, a pleasure to work with. If you need a trainer in water safety I cannot imagine anyone better.”

Andy Barclay
Head of Cornwall Outdoors
Cornwall Council

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Beach Safety

Need help with Management Planning, Lifeguard set-up or training, Water-sports Management or Event-based Beach Activity? We’re here to help!

We can also assist with guidance and training of Beach Rangers, Wardens or Water-sports Instructors.

Picking your way through the maze of legal and best practice requirements – including the Health and Safety at Work Act, Occupiers Liability, `Safety on British Beaches’ and related EU regulations can be challenging to say the least! So let us come alongside and be your expert partner.

Beach Training

For Lifeguards

RLSS UK, National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)

The NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework and is endorsed by the National Water Safety Forum and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The NVBLQ covers all elements of beach lifeguard theory, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, pool skills and open water skills. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times and lifting. The NVBLQ is comprised of four modules and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

For Rangers, Wardens, Instructors and others with Supervisory Roles
Depending on specific circumstances it is likely that modules from the NWSMP (see below) and/or Beach Lifeguard may be suitable.

RLSS UK – National Water Safety Management Programme

Safeguard staff working in, on or near water with essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about managing water safety. Each of below courses are of approximately 4 hours duration and are designed to be linked together to meet individual client needs. May also be adapted to suit specific training needs.

Still Water

Specialist module for people who intend to get wet but not beyond thigh/waist depth and who may be supervising others in still water. Builds on skills learned in Water Safety Awareness and includes practical rescue practice in water.

River

Specialist module for people who intend to get wet but not beyond thigh/waist depth and who may be supervising others in still water. Builds on skills learned in Water Safety Awareness and includes practical rescue practice on the riverside.

Flood Safety Awareness

Specialist occupational module for staff who may find themselves working in or near Flood conditions. This can be a half-day or adapted whole day course and includes hazard awareness, preventative safety and use of basic PPE.

In-water Rescue

Specialist module for people who intend to swim in deep water and or supervise others in controlled conditions. Builds on skills learned in Water Safety Awareness and possibly other modules – includes practical swim rescue of simulated conscious and unconscious casualties.

Water Safety Awareness

Introductory Award – for anyone working near or around water and an intention not to `get in’ or get wet. Equips candidates with foundational water-safety and basic emergency response skills. Includes introduction to use of rescue equipment including throw-lines.

Beach

Specialist module for people who intend to get wet but not beyond thigh/waist depth and who may be supervising others in still water. Builds on skills learned in Water Safety Awareness and possibly other modules – includes practical rescue practice on the beach.

Aquatic Personal Protective Equipment (APPE)

Focussing on use of Lifejackets and other related PPE. This module can be adapted to include specific equipment already in use or as part of a specification/selection process ie to establish what would be most suitable in a given occupational situation.

Testimonials

“I have just completed the trainer course for the RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme (May 2014). I have to compliment Damian Hall, the course leader. I have attended many training events in my career of 34 years and Damian is right up there with the best; comprehensive knowledge and experience, and superb delivery/facilitation skills, a pleasure to work with. If you need a trainer in water safety I cannot imagine anyone better.”

Andy Barclay, Head of Cornwall Outdoors, Cornwall Council

“I have known Damian since 1998 when he first carried out some development/risk assessment training for the then newly formed RNLI Beach Lifeguard units. He subsequently was elected Vice Chair of the National Water Safety Forum of which I was the Chair and in this capacity demonstrated a good all round knowledge and understanding of the complex water safety issues we were dealing with.

Damian has a proven track record in his field and is totally reliable and trustworthy. A consummate professional in the field of water safety management. Damian has demonstrated a consistent commitment to drowning prevention and I am delighted to recommend him.”

Micheal Vlasto, Operations Director, RNLI

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