Leisure > Chelmsford City Sports > What > Swimming > Lifeguard courses
Sports black swimming Icon

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

Sports black 16 plus icon

Centre opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 9.45pm
Sunday, 6am to 9pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables
You can view our Christmas opening hours.

Our facilities, including the ice rink, may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


All prices are correct to 30 March 2020


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

01245 615050

You can also give us your feedback about the new centre.

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

In this section...

You may also like...

Group of children having fun

Christmas at Riverside

Discover festival family ice skating at Riverside this Christmas!

Kids icon
Ages 4 to 7 icon
Ages 8 to 12 icon
Children enjoying a birthday party

Birthday parties

We've got a birthday party for everyone. Just choose your party and we'll do the rest.

Kids fun and social icon
icon dummy.png
icon dummy.png