Lifejacket Competent User (LJCU)

The LJCU2 course is designed for personnel who are tasked with operating in the warm zone at a water rescue incident and personnel who will operate near water as part of their key job function, eg water hydrometery staff 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.

This course contains course content from the Rescue 3 Water and Flood Awareness (AW) course, and so may also be used for personnel tasked to flooding events and issued with lifejackets.

It should be compared with the Lifejacket Competent User 1 (LJCU1) course.


Course length:

  • 6 hours (1 day)



  • Must be a swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18


Course standard

Rescue 3 Europe LJCU2 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 LJCU2 learning outcomes and key teaching points for instructors (PDF)


Qualification valid for:

  • 3 years


 Taught by:



Student manual PDF download:

 LJCU2 manual - English (en) 


 LJCU2 manual - French (fr)