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National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications

Published: Tuesday, 13 June 2023

National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications

Have you ever thought about a career within the leisure industry? If you are 16 or over, you may wish to consider training as a Pool Lifeguard.

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture provides various training courses throughout the year offering an exciting opportunity for you to gain your National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

Obtaining this award could open a world of opportunities by giving you the appropriate award necessary to pursue job opportunities within your chosen career as a Pool Lifeguard as this award is recognised throughout the United Kingdom.

Courses may be subject to change or cancellation.

Swim Test

The swim test takes place before the course and must be passed in order to continue.

You must be able to complete the following:

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits.

Candidates must be 16 years old on the day of the assessment. 100% attendance is required, without this candidates will not be put forward for the final assessment. If you cannot make the swim test date(s), we may be able to offer alternatives.

The course cost is £285.75 which is non-refundable unless you fail the swim test, or if the course is cancelled.

There are 12 spaces available on each course which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Course dates and times are as follows:

Dollan Aqua Centre - East Kilbride

Swim Test

Saturday 20/07/24, at 4:15pm at the Dollan Aqua Centre

Dates and times:

Sunday 04/08/24 11:00am – 5:45pm
Monday 05/08/24 8:45am – 5:45pm
Tuesday 06/08/24 8:45am – 5:45pm
Wednesday 07/08/24 8:45am – 5:45pm
Thursday 08/08/24 8:45am – 5:45pm
Friday 09/08/24 8:45am – 5:15pm (Assessment from 1:30pm onwards)

South Lanarkshire Lifestyles - Lanark

Swim Test

Tuesday 20/08/24, 5:30pm-6:30pm at Lanark Lifestyles

Dates and times:

Saturday 31/08/24 11:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday 01/09/24 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 07/09/24 11:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday 08/09/24 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 14/09/24 11:30am – 4:00pm
Sunday 15/09/24 9:00am – 4:00pm (exam from 4pm onwards)


To book call 01555 820848 or 01698 476262. Places are available on a first come first served basis.

Please complete our National Pool Lifeguard Qualification online enquiry form to register your interest for future courses.

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