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?

2018 course dates


  • 9 to 13 - FULLY BOOKED
  • 23 to 27


  • 6 to 10
  • 20 to 24 


  • 22 to 26

2019 Course Dates

18 - 22 February

8 - 12 April

1 - 5 July

8 - 12 July

22 - 26 July

5 - 9 August

19 - 23 August

21 - 25 October

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