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National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Published July 15, 2021 9.45am

We are running National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications at our leisure centres.

Lifeguards can benefit from varied working hours, which can easily fit around other commitments, the experience of working within a team, and the opportunity to progress within the leisure industry - most leisure managers start as a pool lifeguard and learn essential life skills, including first aid and CPR. 

Sign up for your course today and save £100 - we are offering National Pool Lifeguard Qualification at a reduced rate of £150 (usually £250).

Essential Criteria

Every candidate attending the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course must be 16 years at the time of the assessment. 

You must be able to: 

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 meters in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 meters 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 where the pool design permits

Course dates

You will need to attend all of the sessions from your chosen course. 

Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre

Sunday 25 July10.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 31 July9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday 1 August10.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 7 August9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday 8 August10.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 14 August9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday 15 August (assessment)10.00am - 5.30pm

The Louisa Centre, Stanley

Monday 9 August8.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 10 August8.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 11 August8.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 12 August8.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 13 August8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 14 August (assessment)8.00am - 5.00pm

Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

Monday 16 August8.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 17 August8.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 18 August8.00am - 5.00pm
Monday 23 August9.00am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 24 August9.00am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 25 August9.00am - 4.30pm
Thursday 26 August (assessment)9.00am - 4.30pm


The above sessions are available for £150 per person (usually £250), saving £100. 


Please contact the Freeman's Quay pool timetableThe Louisa Centre pool timetable or Newton Aycliffe pool timetable to book your place.