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RLSS - Open Water Lifeguard Course


Course Content

The OWL enables candidates with no previous lifeguard experience to become qualified. By attaining this qualification candidates will have been assessed as competent to provide supervision and rescue cover for planned, organised and risk-assessed activities in open water still, non-tidal.

The Open Water Lifeguard Qualification, delivered over three days, is valid for two years and is independently assessed. The candidate manual and trainer resources help the Open Water Lifeguard Trainer Assessor deliver through the three sections:

  1. Section 1 - The Open Water Lifeguard, environment, hazards and supervision
  2. Section 2 - Responding to an emergency and taking action
  3. Section 3 - CPR and First Aid

New candidates: 18hrs + Assessment

Renewal candidates: 10hrs + Assessment 

For more information about this course, please contact watersportscentre@scll.co.uk

What to bring

For this course, we recommend bringing:

  1. Swimming clothing - we can provide wetsuits if needed. (Bring extra if you don't want to put wet gear on)
  2. Shorts/Tshirt to go over swimming clothing
  3. Towel
  4. Bag to hold wet gear
  5. Pen
  6. Snacks/Drinks
  7. Packed Lunch (there are multiple refreshment places within a few minutes of the centre such as Tesco, Lowry outlet)


OWL Course Pre-Requisites:

Every candidate attending a OWL course must: 

  1. Be 16-years-old or over at the time of assessment
  2. Be competent and confident in open water
  3. Be able to submerge under the water confidently
  4. Before the course, candidates must be able to swim at least 400 metres in a pool/ open water swimming continuously on their front and showing urgency
  5. Able to submerge under the water confidently


  1. This course will be a mixture of classroom and practical learning with an assessment on the final day
  2. The water can be cold so please ensure you bring layers

£195 per person
No times available


5 day cancellation

Please see individual sessions cancellation policy but the standard policy is:

We will cancel and refund your spot if you have requested a refund AND emailed the centre 5 full days prior to the course or session start date. Anyone who fails to not notify the centre via email only (no social media) will not receive a refund.

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Where we'll meet

Car park is located at the back of the centre. Please press the buzzer to be allowed in.

Salford Watersports Centre
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