Swimming in the great outdoors and in cold water is becoming increasingly popular, with reported links to improved mental health and wellbeing on top of physical fitness improvements, more and more are turning to open water venues, triathlons, and events to get their thrills! A result of this has meant the demand for qualified lifeguards to offer safe environments for swimmers has grown with it.
The Open Water Lifeguard qualification from the RLLSS enables candidates with no previous lifeguard experience to become qualified in an Open Water setting. The qualification can be used to supervise and provide rescue cover for planned, organised and risk assessed activities in still, non-tidal water.
Every candidate attending an OWL course must:
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:
New candidates: 18hrs + Assessment
Renewal candidates: 10hrs + Assessment
Cost: £200 per person
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