RoSPA National Water Safety Conference 2019

Making every community count

18 November 2019 – Glaziers Hall, London

In the three years following the launch of the UK drowning prevention strategy lots of organisations across the UK have made real progress towards reducing the number of deaths we see in our waters.  

In this conference, we will look at communities who have successfully mobilised to address the drowning problem.  We will also share the insights and lessons from a number of high profiles events.

At the conference you will:

  • Learn how you can best align efforts to the drowning prevention strategy
  • Hear how national and local governments have improved safety despite restricted budgets and staffing cuts
  • Get involved with key campaigns, make new contacts, and learn new guidance
  • Attendance certification provided to log against your CPD scheme

No matter what your professional connection with water safety and risk management, the conference will offer essential information for all.



09:15 Registration, refreshments and networking

10:00 Welcome and introduction from Chairman

10:10 Session to be confirmed

10:40 The Independent Review of Water Safety Regulation at UK Beaches
Dominic Watkins, Partner, DWF Law LLP
For many years there has been perceived or actual lack of clarity on who owes legal responsibility for ensuring water safety on our coastline.  Following the tragic deaths at Camber Sands, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency commissioned Dominic to conduct an independent review of the legal framework and make recommendations for improvement.  Dominic will present his findings and recommendations.

11:10 Brian Johnson, Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

11:40 Refreshments and networking

11:55 Session to be confirmed

12:25 Manchester – a City, United
David Wilson, Station Manager for Manchester Central, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and Water Safety Partnership Chair

  • Our Partnership – Stronger Together
  • Coping with Failure
  • Charlie’s Legacy

12:55 3 years post UK Drowning Prevention Strategy, where next?
Response and reflection session

13:20 Lunch and networking

14:20 Dr Peter Aitken, Director of Research & Development

14:45 Lessons from the Australian Experience
Justin Scar, Chief Executive, RLSS Australia

15:10 Question and answer session

15:30 Conference close



This year’s Water Safety Conference will be taking place at Glaziers Hall in central London.

9 Montague Close,
London Bridge,
United Kingdom

Tel: 020 7403 3300


Getting to the event

Glaziers Hall is located on the South Bank alongside London Bridge and near Southwark Cathedral, and is easily accesible by road, river and public tranport.

 Travel by road

For access by road via Tooley Street pass under the tunnel into Montague Close. The entrance is on your right hand side. Via Borough High Street turn into Bedale Street, then turn right onto Cathedral Street. Continue driving past the Cathedral then turn right again onto Montague Close. The entrance is on your left hand side.

 Travel by train

If travelling via London Bridge underground station, take the 'Duke Street Hill' exit. Cross the road in front of you at the traffic lights and head towards London Bridge Hospital. Follow the pavement around the corner to the left. Continue under the tunnel and the entrance to Glaziers Hall is on your right.

 Travel by boat

For access via the Thames, on arrival at London Bridge City Pier turn right onto Queens Walk. Continue along the path behind London Bridge Hospital until you see the signpost above for Tooley Street. Turn left onto the pathway opposite the sign 'The Queens Walk', and you will reach Tooley Street. Turn right and continue under the tunnel. Glaziers Hall is on your right.

Who Should Attend?

The RoSPA National Water Safety Conference is recognised as the key annual multi-discipline update event for UK water safety professionals.

The event is suitable for anyone with responsibility for water safety, or managing sites or locations that feature water hazards.

Whatever capacity water safety enters your risk management remit – there will be relevant content and networking on offer.

Sponsor & Exhibit

If you're interested in showcasing your product or services at the conference, please contact Letty Hill – for further information.


If you are booking 5 or more delegates please email

Early day delegate fee:

- Member: £125 + VAT
- Non-Member: £145 + VAT

Early rate finishes October 7, 2019

Standard booking fee:

- Member: £155 + VAT
- Non-Member: £180 + VAT

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