Open Water Lifeguard Qualifications

 

For the past two years, RLSS UK has offered an Open Water Lifeguard ‘bolt-on’ module, targeting qualified swimming pool lifeguards. The ‘bolt-on’ module equips lifeguards with both the knowledge and experience to keep people safe in open water.

Responding to demand, continuing our commitment to support the growth of open water sites and improving safety we are excited to launch a new Open Water Lifeguard Qualification, enabling candidates with no previous lifeguard experience to become qualified.

Open Water Lifeguard 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 is 2 years and is independently assessed. The candidate manual and trainer resources help the 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 – 20hrs
Renewal candidates – 12hrs

Pre-requisites:

  • OWL candidates should have experience of participating in a variety of open water activities in a variety of venues. Formal evidence (certificates etc) is not required, but it should be highlighted that candidates with no experience of open water are likely to find the workshop very challenging
  • Be 16+ years old
  • Be able to complete a continuous swim of at least 400 metres in a pool
  • Be able to dive to a depth of up to two metres

Open Water Lifeguard ‘bolt-on’ Module

Open Water Lifeguard ‘bolt-on’ module allows all pool lifeguards who hold the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) to develop their skills and knowledge to lifeguard open water.

Open water swimming is the fastest growing sport world wide and due to increasing popularity, there is a risk that lifeguards without all of the skills they need maybe asked to lifeguard open water. The ‘bolt-on’ module will bridge the gap and equips lifeguards with both the knowledge and experience to keep people safe in open water.

The module is delivered over 1 day at an open water venue.

Section 1
Open Water Hazards

Section 2
Lifeguarding an Open Water Site

Section 3
Practical in-water training

New candidates – 6hrs minimum

Pre-requisites:

  • OWL candidates should have experience of participating in a variety of open water activities in a variety of venues. Formal evidence (certificates etc) is not required, but it should be highlighted that candidates with no experience of open water are likely to find the workshop very challenging
  • Hold current RLSS UK NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) (or equivalent)
  • Be able to complete a continuous swim of at least 400 metres in a pool
  • Be able to dive to a depth of up to two metres