19 May 22

Train to be a lifeguard with Active Northumberland

Active Northumberland has launched a new training scheme to nurture local talent and encourage more people to become Lifeguards. 

The training will take place at Willowburn Sports & Leisure Centre in Alnwick and on successful completion will give a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and an opportunity for employment with Active Northumberland. 

The 40 hours of training will take place over six-days during which participants will learn the theory and practical skills needed to be a lifeguard. The course includes training in water safety, casualty recovery, CPR and emergency first aid and costs £180. It is open to anyone over 16 who is fit, healthy and a strong swimmer. 

Mark Seymour, head of swimming development at Active Northumberland said: 

“This is a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill with the prospect of a rewarding career in the leisure industry as a lifeguard on completion of the course. 

“Active Northumberland has nine swimming pools and is often on the lookout for new lifeguards. We are also able to offer flexible employment which can fit around study or other employment, so it’s a great job to fit around other commitments.” 

“On successful completion of the course participants will have the opportunity to be interviewed for lifeguard positions at Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports Centre. 

“Lifeguards are vital to pool safety and do an incredible job protecting the public at pools across the county. I encourage all those interested to contact us and find out more about this exciting opportunity.” 

Training will take place at Alnwick on Monday 6th June, Tuesday 7th June, Wednesday 8th June, Monday 13th June, Tuesday 14th June and Wednesday 15th June. 

To enrol on the course applicants must be able to: 

  • swim 50 metres (two lengths) in one minute or less 

  • swim 100 metres (four lengths) continuously on the front and then the back 

  • tread water in deep water for 30 seconds 

  • climb out of the pool unaided, without using steps or a ladder 

  • jump or dive into a pool in deep water 

  • surface dive to the deepest part of the pool 

A pre-course water session will take place to gauge water ability. 

If you can’t make the June course or need to brush up on your swimming skills, don’t worry, further lifeguard training sessions will be taking place at other Active Northumberland Sports Centres in the near future. 

To find out more contact Glenn Robson at: grobson@activenorthumberland.org.uk 

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