National Water Safety Management Programme

National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP)

  • The NWSMP is a set of training awards, specifically designed to assist those organisations with employees who work in, on or near water to meet their civil and statutory safety management obligations (especially where employees have supervisory responsibilities). E.g. teachers, technicians, outdoor activity instructors, countryside rangers, community safety wardens, dock workers, the emergency services.
  • Relevant to a wide range of sectors, including teaching, construction, environmental health, leisure and the emergency services
  • Endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive for its sensible, proportionate, reasonable and balanced advice to both those responsible for groups around the water margin or workers operating in, on or near water and in particular managing the risk from operating around the water margin.

This training is suited to the construction, civil engineering, rail, utilities, events, maintenance, environmental, emergency services, military, expedition and education sectors, basically anywhere people may be working around our inland waterways, canals, rivers, reservoirs, lakes or the sea.

Level 1 The Water Safety Awareness Module – £80pp

Provides the theoretical platform for more advanced modules.

Level 2 – Environment Specific Modules (River, Sea and Still water) – £40pp per a module

Low level water activity, e.g. rock pooling, pond dipping, etc. up to thigh height

This covers hazards associated with beach, river and still water as well as basic rescue techniques

Candidates must complete and pass Level 1 before undertaking Level 2. It is split into 3 different environments: Beach, River and Still Water

Level 3 – In-Water Rescue Module – £40pp

For more advanced users this modules covers essential in-water rescue knowledge and tests competency.

In Water Rescue aimed at activities such as canoeing, kayaking, working in water.
Candidates must complete and pass Levels 1 and 2 before undertaking Level 3. Practiced in the water and involves being able to do a 30m contact rescue and a 15m contact tow.


We’re happy for students to use their own equipment or we can provide top of the range equipment from manufacturers such as Water Rescue Systems (WRS)Northern Diver, Safequip, Typhoon and Palm. As self-confessed gear nerds we’re more than happy to ramble on about pros and cons of different kit, although we can provide actual advice and guidance if you’re looking to invest in kit.

NWSMP renewals

You currently need to renew your NWSMP certificate every two years – we can offer both online or in person renewal sessions and ongoing CPD sessions.

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