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Lifeguard training courses

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Lifeguard in yellow t-shirt and red shorts supervising a swimming poolAn intensive course giving you the opportunity to qualify as a pool lifeguard, the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification would allow you to work anywhere in the United Kingdom with a pool. 

Please contact the centre of your preferred course for further information and to book a course.

We now offer the Defibrillator Operator qualification with all lifeguard courses. Please ask at your local leisure centre for more details. 

Course schedule

Up and coming National Pool Lifeguard Qualification: 

Where: Arc Leisure Centre Matlock

Date: Monday 19 - Friday 23 February

Time: 08:00 - 17:30

Cost: £230.00


Where: Ashbourne Leisure Centre 

Date: 26, 27, 28 March and 4,5,6 April 

Time: 08:00 - 17:30

Cost: £230.00

Lifeguard Course now includes Defibrillator certificate.  

Full payment is required on booking and includes a non-refundable £50.00 deposit.


Pre-course requirements

All candidates must be aged 16+ before the start date of the course.  They must also be able to meet the following criteria for acceptance on the course (you must also pass a pre-course assessment)

  • Jump into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres (2 lengths) in no more than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back
  • Swim 20 metres (legs only) on back whilst holding a brick
  • In deep water, tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the bottom of the pool
  • Climb out of the pool without using steps.

Bakewell Swimming Pool

off Granby Road
Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1ES
01629 814 205
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