RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard Qualification 3 Day Course

RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard Qualification 3 Day Course
  • 18/06/2018 - 18/06/2030
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Open water swimming is the fastest growing sport worldwide and due to increasing popularity, there is a risk that lifeguards without all of the skills they need maybe asked to lifeguard open water.

The Open Water Lifeguard qualification enables candidates with no previous lifeguard experience to become qualified. By attaining this qualification candidates will have been assessed as competent to provide supervision and rescue cover for planned, organised and risk-assessed activities in open water (still, non-tidal).

The Open Water Lifeguard Qualification delivered over three days, is valid is 2 years and is independently assessed

Who should attend?

Lifeguards who are interested in supervising open water events(not coastal)

  • Open Water Swim Competitions
  • Triathlons
  • Public inland bathing sites
  • Adventure Races


  • OWL candidates should have experience of participating in a variety of open water activities in a variety of venues. Formal evidence (certificates etc) is not required, but it should be highlighted that candidates with no experience of open water are likely to find the workshop very challenging.Be 16+ years old
  • Be able to complete a continuous swim of at least 400 metres in a pool
  • Be able to dive to a depth of up to two metres

What you will learn.

The course content covers:

The training and assessment for the module is split into three sections:

Section 1 – Open Water Hazards

Section 2 – Lifeguarding an Open Water site

Section 3 – Practical in-water training

Course Duration: New candidates – 20 hrs

Assessment Process

Assessment for the OWL takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a Open Water lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge to keep people safe in open water.

The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical  Open Water assessment
  • Theory Assessment – verbal question and answer session with the assessor
  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment

Continually assessed on course and an independent assessment at the end of the course

Qualification Expiry/ Requalification

How long does it last for ?

  • It lasts for 2 years from initial course assessment date.
  • Candidates need to complete 12 hours training or evidence of 12 hours ongoing training plus assessment