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Lifeguard courses are a great way for competent swimmers to gain even greater confidence in the pool.

Those completing our National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications successfully receive a recognised qualification and are well equipped for future careers in the leisure industry.

Each course takes five days, running from 8am to 5pm each day.

What skills do I need to take a lifeguard course?

National standards and health and safety requirements require you to be at least 16 years old, confident around the pool and able to:

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in 60 seconds or less Swim 100 metres continuously on your front and back
  • Tread for 30 seconds in deep water
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps (where the pool design safely permits).

Find much more information about our lifeguard courses on the Royal Lifesaving Society website.

What happens if I successfully complete the course?

This course leads to the National Pool Lifeguard Award, Automated External Defibrillator and Emergency First Aid in the work place certification.

How much does it cost?

A lifeguard course will cost £310.

Where and when?

All courses in Wigan take place at Wigan Life Centre. The next available course dates are the week commencing:

  • 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th July 2024
  • 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th August 2024
  • 19th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th August 2024
  • 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th October 2024.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please ensure you have a pen, paper, suitable poolside attire - shorts, t-shirt, swimwear and towel, and spare shorts and a t-shirt for swimming in.

You should also bring lunch and refreshments each day.

How to book a lifeguard course

To discuss lifeguard courses or to enrol, you can complete our online form:



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