RLSS Open-Water Lifeguard Qualification

RLSS Open-Water Lifeguard Qualification (OWL) is a three-day course, designed to provide candidates with the skills to supervise and provide rescue cover for planned, organised and risk-assessed activities in open-water (still, non-tidal).

Is this course suitable for you?Learn more about OWL qualification.

Candidate Age Requirements

16+

Course Duration

3 days

Qualification Validity

2 years

Candidate Age Requirements

16+

Course Duration

3 days

Qualification Validity

2 years

Is this course suitable for you?

No prior knowledge required for OWL course. However, candidates must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Be confident in open-water,
  • Be able to swim continuously at least 400 metres in a pool or open-water on their front and showing urgency,
  • Be able to submerge under the water confidently,
  • Be able to dive to a depth of two metres.

OWL Qualification

The RLSS Open-Water Lifeguard Qualification is valid for two years. Candidates should re-qualify before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified.

To get qualified in OWL course, candidates must be 16 years of age at the date of assessment, show 100% attendance and complete all assessments.

Requalification for OWL

Candidates renewing their qualification must:

  • Be considered prepared and ready for the assessment
  • Complete the minimum training hours for a renewal candidate (12-hour course or ongoing training)
  • Pass the assessments before their existing OWL qualification expires, including re-taking any failed sections.
  • Meet the criteria and be assessed as a new candidate if their qualification expires.
Course Duration

The total qualification time for a new OWL candidate is 18 guided learning hours (excluding breaks) and assessment.

Assessment

Assessment for OWL course will include a mixture of practical and theory-based evaluations. 

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RLSS Open-Water Lifeguard Qualification

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4-6 June 2021
Wembley, North London
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Wembley, North London
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