Lifeguard courses

Lifeguard courses are a great way for competent swimmers to gain even greater confidence in the pool.

Those completing our National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications successfully receive a recognised qualification and are well equipped for future careers in the leisure industry.

We're sure you've got plenty of questions - and hopefully we've answered many here. If you need more information, get in touch.

What do I need to take a lifeguard course?

Pool lifeguard courses available

National standards and health and safety requirements require you to be at least 16 years old, confident around the pool and able to:

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in 60 seconds or less Swim 100 metres continuously on your front and back
  • Tread for 30 seconds in deep water
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps (where the pool design safely permits)

Find much more information about our lifeguard courses on the Royal Lifesaving Society website.

What happens if I successfully complete the course?

This course leads to the National Pool Lifeguard Award, Automated External Defibrillator & Emergency First Aid in the work place certification.

How much does it cost?


How long is a lifeguard course?

Each course takes five days - from 8am to 5pm each day.

When do the lifeguard courses take place?



2019 Course Dates

21st – 25th October

2020 Course Dates

17th – 21st February 2020 

6th – 10th April 2020

6th – 10th July 2020

13th – 17th July 2020

27th – 31st July 2020

10th – 14th August 2020

24th – 28th August 2020 

26th – 30th October 2020


 All courses are Monday to Friday inclusive.

Where do I go for my lifeguard course?

All courses take place at Wigan Life Centre

What do I need to bring with me?

Please ensure you have a pen, paper, suitable poolside attire - shorts, t-shirt, swimwear and towel, and spare shorts and a t-shirt for swimming in.
You should also bring lunch and refreshments each day.

OK, I'm ready. Let's talk about my place on a course.

Great! To discuss lifeguard courses or to enrol call us on 01942 895045 or email or