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RLSS Open Water Lifeguard Course (OWL)




3 Days

About the Course

The Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) Qualification was developed by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to address the role of open water lifeguards and the needs of open water operators.  The OWL qualification can be used to supervise and provide rescue cover for planned, organised and risk assessed activities in still, non-tidal water.

The OWL 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 is valid for two years and is independently assessed. The candidate manual and trainer resources help the Open Water Lifeguard Trainer Assessor deliver through the three sections:

  • Section 1 - The Open Water Lifeguard, environment, hazards and supervision

  • Section 2 - Responding to an emergency and taking action

  • Section 3 - CPR and First Aid

New candidates: 18hrs + Assessment

For more information please look at Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) Qualifications | Royal Life Saving Society UK ( RLSS UK )


  • Be 16-years-old or over at the time of assessment

  • Be competent and confident in open water

  • Be able to submerge under the water confidently

  • Before the course, candidates must be able to swim at least 400 metres in a pool/ open water swimming continuously on their front and showing urgency

  • Able to submerge under the water confidently

  • Must complete minimum guided learning hours

  • Successfully complete the course assessment

What to bring

  • Swim kit, towel, wet suit (optional but highly recommended), footwear/wet suit socks/gloves for in the water. Warm clothes/dry robe/old coat for outside the water.S

  • Pen/pencil/paper (writing materials), Packed lunch.

  • Elements of the course are delivered outdoors - please ensure you come prepared for whatever the weather throws at us. I would recommend an insulated mug for brews.

  • The Book now button will take you to the RLSS course page. Where you can sign up for an RLSS taaddah account and the course.


Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham Hill Road, Beckenham, UK

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