Bristol Maritime is one of the UK's main providers of the RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) Courses. Our expert trainers work with large organisations including schools, councils, zoo's, tour operators, outdoor leaders and wildlife trusts. With our unique training locations and the ability to also deliver training at your site, our team can assist you with making sure your team is WaterSafe.

See the calendar below for our open course dates or call us for RLSS NWMSP Level 1 Online information: (+44) 01179291153

Course Information

RLSS provide a range of National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) courses. These are for people from local authorities, schools and organisations who want to train their staff, group leaders or volunteers to be able to work in or around water and support others by keeping them safe.

See the calendar below for our open course dates or contact bookings@bristolmaritime.co.uk for group bookings


We run the courses UK wide and have the ability to bring the training to your site or office. We also have our own locations in Bristol, Wiltshire and the Midlands which are all purpose built for the specialist training we deliver. Our main training centre in Bristol is surrounded by some of the most unique waterways in the UK with costal, river and inland locations. We also have our own specialist water safety training location which gives our students a genuine outdoor river environment to replicate real working locations and a variety of conditions.

Who are the RLSS NWSMP Course for?

  • Local Authorities, Teachers and Group Leaders
  • Leisure workers and sports management companies
  • The holiday and tourism sector
  • Project Managers , Planners, Health & Safety Officers.
  • Volunteers and Event Organisers.

All Courses available online RLSS NWSMP 1 Available completely online using our Virtual Classroom and one of our experienced trainers (book below on the purple calendar icons). RLSS NWSMP 2 available with blended learning with indoor sessions online and outdoor sessions as a group. Contact bookings@bristolmaritime.co.uk for more information


Duration: 3 hours

Availability: Online  (Virtual Classroom) or Classroom (UK wide)

Who is it for? : People who will be taking groups or working in groups near waterside locations

The RLSS NWSMP 1 is focused on leaders taking groups to waterside locations. On completion of the RLSS course participants will be aware of the hazards associated with water, and have the knowledge to carry out basic land based ( Shout , Reach, and Throw) rescue techniques. Have a working knowledge of the risks associated with water, know the basic principles and safety measures required to keep yourself and your groups safe. 



Duration: 2 day

Availability: Classroom and water based locations around Bristol (Classroom sessions available online as blended learning)

Who is it for? :  People or employees who work or take groups in and around water as part of their task.

On completion of the RLSS NWSMP 2 course participants will be able to implement on site safety risk assessments, have a working knowledge of appropriate use available equipment, set up an emergency action plan and co-ordinate emergency procedures. This will include experience in how to move, rescue and control yourself and your team in or around moving water as well as the use of relevant PPE and rescue equipment