Lifejacket Competent User (LJCU)

This course is designed for people who are issued with a lifejacket and who will operate near water as part of their job function, eg construction workers etc. As such, it is not intended that they will enter the water, and a manual or auto-inflation lifejacket is worn as PPE for accidental water entry only.
LJCU1 is not suitable for personnel tasked to attend flood events. The Lifejacket Competent User 2 (LJCU2) covers flood elements for personnel needing this capability.


Contact hours

  • 3.5 hours (0.5 days)



  • Must be a swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18


Course standard

Rescue 3 Europe LJCU1 standard (PDF)

The course standards are provided as pre- and post-course reference for people involved in the delivery of Rescue 3 courses (eg Rescue 3 training providers, instructors and students). They are not to be used for any other purpose without the express written permission of Rescue 3 Europe.

Learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors

Rescue 3 Europe LJCU1 learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors (PDF)



Qualification valid for

  • 3 years


 Taught by



Student manual PDF download:

 LJCU1 manual - English (en) 


 LJCU2 manual - French (fr)