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Lifeguard courses

Gain a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification at Riverside Leisure Centre.

Lifeguarding courses at Riverside

lifeguard courses

The National Pool Lifeguard course at Riverside Leisure Centre is suitable if you are aged 16 and over and would like to gain a qualification in order to work as a lifeguard. 

To complete the course and become a lifeguard, you must be able to: 

  • Jump or dive into deep water 
  • Swim 50m in less than 60 seconds  
  • Swim 100m continuously on front and back in deep water 
  • Tread water for 30 seconds 
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool 
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits 
  • The week-long course will have both practical and theoretical elements.  


Dates and price


Please check back for future dates. 




Please complete an enquiry form or call the centre direct on 01245 615056.

Things you need to know

Lockers and changing rooms

If you want to use a locker, you will need a £1 coin to release the key. You will get the £1 back when you return the key. 

  • There are individual changing cubicles as well as group female and group male changing areas available. 

You can find out more about the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

You can find out if there are currently any lifeguard vacancies at Riverside. 

Suitable for

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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables


  • State of the art gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2023.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


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Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

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