Water Safety At Home

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the Drowning Prevention Charity and the UK’s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education.

Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Putting these figures into context one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK.

RLSS UK is the leading provider of training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding, water safety and life support skills in the UK, and also the governing body for Lifesaving Sport.

RLSS UK Members and Volunteers are an essential and valued part of the ongoing delivery of water safety education and lifesaving skills, ultimately helping to reduce the number of people drowning.

Benefit Individual Membership Club Membership
RLSS UK Membership Card, enabling you to show you are a member of the UK’s drowning prevention charity, providing others with confidence that you’re working to recognised best practice standards. Yes Yes
Regular Membership Communications, keeping you fully up to date with information, events and news, including quarterly Lifesavers Magazine, Membership Newsletters and an annual copy of the RLSS Direct Catalogue. Yes Yes
RLSS UK Member Liability cover (£10million limit of indemnity). Individual members – covers stands when acting in own capacity and/or as part of a club activity. Club officers/members/volunteers – cover stands during club activity only*. Yes Yes
Access to expert lifesaving, lifeguarding and water safety advice and guidance. Yes Yes
Knowledge that you’re supporting drowning prevention and that any profits from RLSS UK Membership go directly to funding RLSS UK charitable objectives. Yes Yes
Individual membership – additional benefits:

  • Online membership services – MyPage and RLSS UK MyApp
  • RLSS UK Member Personal Injury cover
  • Eligibility to participate in RLSS UK national lifesaving competitions
Yes No
Club membership – additional benefits:

  • Increased local support to RLSS UK clubs and local communities, with four regionally based Community Drowning Prevention Coordinators joining the RLSS UK team
  • Directors and Officers Liability cover (protection for club officers) and Employers Liability cover.
No Yes
Telephone Helpline

The following telephone helplines are available to You to use throughout the Period of Insurance.

You can access all helplines by telephoning 0800 519 9969.


  • Identifying and managing stress and stressful situations
  • Crisis counselling
  • Debt emotional support.
  • Addiction emotional support.
  • Support on emotional aspects of living with a long-term injury or disablement.
  • Following death, support and help for the bereaved customer and work related colleagues to cope with the trauma of their loss.
  • Support in dealing with the psychological impact of not being able to continue in employment due to injury.
  • Signpost and details of organisations which provide face-to-face counselling.

Legal advice

  • Advice where injury has been caused by the negligence of a third party.
  • Non-contentious advice on employment issues including redundancy, bullying, harassment, unfair discrimination and retirement.


Personal tax advice

General advice on tax issues of a personal nature (excluding financial planning advice relating to ways of avoiding or reducing personal tax liability). This service is not provided in the Republic of Ireland.

Medical advice

  • General medical information advice which can be given over the telephone.
  • How to access details of the length of hospital waiting lists.
  • Providing details of additional sources of information and societies who specialise in dealing with particular disabilities.
  • Information on facilities available through social services.
  • Advice on how to obtain a second opinion.


Bereavement advice

  • Information on locating wills, obtaining grant of probate or letters of administration or the need to consult a solicitor.
  • Advice on how to register death, the duties of the coroner and information on the documents required by the registrar.
  • Signpost advice to a funeral director and advice on the practical details.
Yes No

*Cover operates whilst the RLSS UK Member is participating in recognised RLSS UK activity anywhere in the World (apart from those countries where travel is not advised, www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice). For cover to apply, the RLSS UK Member must be a permanent resident in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, the Channel Islands or the Republic of Ireland.

Individual Members – Gift Aid it

If you haven’t already, please do Gift Aid your RLSS UK membership fees (for example, complete the Gift Aid declaration on the back of your membership renewal letter and return in the freepost envelope provided).

Gift aid is a government scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax from the HM Revenue & Customs (at no cost to the donor). If an individual is a UK taxpayer and makes a RLSS UK Gift Aid declaration, RLSS UK can reclaim basic rate tax on their RLSS UK membership fees and donations (25p for each £1 given). For example, this means that RLSS UK can turn a £20 membership fee into £25 (at no additional cost to the member). It is a key way for RLSS UK to raise additional income via the HMRC, and this can then be reinvested into charity products, campaigns and our valued network of deliverers, supporters and volunteers. The RLSS UK team are working on new Gift Aid forms and processes to make it easier for members to Gift Aid their membership.