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The National Pool Lifeguard course offered by the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) 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.  

At Riverside Leisure Centre

  • Dates: Please check soon for future dates
  • Price: £302

At South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre

  • Dates: Please check soon for future dates
  • Price: £270

For a course at Riverside, please contact Riverside online  or call the centre direct on 01245 615056.

For a course at SWFLC, please complete your application through RLSS's website.

You will have to create an account with RLSS to do this.

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

You can find out if there are currently any lifeguard vacancies at Riverside or South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre.

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.

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Last updated: 31 October 2022