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.
LJCU is not suitable for personnel tasked to attend flood events. The course can be taken on its own or in combination with Water Awareness and Safety (1 day/6 hours) or Water and Flood Awareness (1 day/6 hours).


Contact hours

  • 3.5 hours (0.5 days)



  • Must be a swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18


Course standard

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



Qualification valid for

  • 3 years


 Taught by



Student manual PDF download:

 LJCU manual - English (en) 


 LJCU manual - French (fr)