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RLSS Water Safety Management Programme (WSMP)

The Water Safety Management Programme (WSMP) is a new programme which the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) is launching in 2011 to provide training to adults who work with young people in and around the water.

The programme is designed to give leaders the knowledge and skills to safely manage a structured swimming activity with young people. The focus of the course is water safety, management of swimming and prevention, however there is an element of rescue and recovery included.

There are three levels to the WSMP:

The Scout Association has worked with the RLSS to ensure that courses are available to adults within Scouting around the country. These courses will cover all three levels and both environments (beach and river).

The course is designed to be accessible, however there is a practical element which requires the following:

These skills will be checked during the course through practical tasks and in-water activities. You need to come prepared to take part on both days in water-based activity in both a river environment and the sea.

To prepare for the course you should build a programme of training to ensure that you will be capable of performing the skills outlined above in an open water environment (generally at a beach). You should take into account the weather and water temperature as well as the clothing you may require. View a more detailed programme and guidance for training. 

A programme of courses will be delivered throughout the summer and autumn months.

Upcoming RLSS Water Safety Management Programme courses


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