RLSS Open Water Lifeguard Course

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RLSS Open Water Lifeguard Course


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2ND - 4TH August 2019

Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) Qualification

The Open Water Lifeguard qualification 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:

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

New candidates: 18hrs + Assessment
Renewal candidates: 10hrs + Assessment


  • Must be 16 years of age at the date of assessment

  • Be able to meet the following criteria:

    • Confident in open water

    • Able to swim at least 400 metres in a pool/ open water swimming continuously on their front and showing urgency

    • Able to submerge under the water confidently

  • Must complete minimum guided learning hours

  • Successfully complete the course assessment