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Level 2

Level 2 Environment & Life Support Module


Those who need to be able to risk assess a water environment and work in, on or around water. Level 2 is aimed at those who, for personal safety, require the skills to operate safely around water. In addition, Level 2 provides a higher level of understanding for those who have an increased level of supervisory responsibility and are required to manage a group safely around the water margins, under controlled conditions. The programmed activities at Level 2 would be considered to be low risk where a programmed activity is defined by having a clear structure and is closely controlled by the group leader or supervisor.


  • A Countryside Ranger who may be required to manage activities at the water margins and respond in an emergency
  • A leader with responsibility for a group doing field work at the water margins which may present a somewhat higher risk – could include, for example, wading, pond dipping or rock pooling. Water is calm, minimal current. No higher risk factors such as steep edges, ledges and deep or fast moving water.
  • A lone worker conducting water sampling where they are required to wade outLength of course. The classroom based work takes approximately 1hr and the field work is estimated at 2 hrs. Learning Outcomes Level 2 Environment Specific Modules cover the hazards associated with those environments, tabulated overleaf including generic open water hazards common to the 3 types of environments. However, the key focus of Level 2 is the practical application of the knowledge gained in Level 1. On completion of Level 2, the candidates will be expected to:
  • Identify and communicate site and, where appropriate, activity management arrangements
  • Conduct a risk assessment, understand the dynamic risk assessment process and response
  • Identify environment specific hazards
  • Prepare a water safety management plan and implement appropriate control measures
  • Manage a group safely and organise a group activity with water contact
  • Identify appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Identify and assign other emergency response options
  • Practise rescue techniques with standard or improvised equipment
  • Apply basic emergency response procedures
  • Understand the principles of rescue, rescuer safety, entries and exits
  • Practical application or risk assessment and simulated group managementActivity/Practical ExerciseExploration of personal competencies through experience of open water is considered a valuable learning tool. Candidates will not go out of their depth or be required to swim. Skills in this element include, for example, a wade, wade/reach and wade/throw rescue.

Candidates will be expected to participate in a simulated group scenario-based incident in order to practice appropriate emergency response and aftercare. The incidents will be followed by group feedback and review sessions.

Life Support

Life Support is an additional module that can be studied at Level 2, providing candidates with training in basic emergency first aid with the capability to perform basic life support. Candidate with no training in life support would be advised to complete this module.

Learning Outcomes (Life Support)

By the end of this module candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate life support including action for vomit
  • Demonstrate the recovery position
  • Explain the difference between basic adult Life Support and Life Support for a child or drowned adult
  • Apply and explain the principles of basic first aid including choking, bleeding and shock

Above information was provided by the RLSS.

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