Develop your skills within leisure
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Live Active Leisure provide top quality training for individuals and local businesses. Our training courses include National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications and First Aid at Work, which are certified by governing bodies.
Course fees are charged per person per course and are inclusive of VAT unless otherwise stated. They also include handouts, workbooks and manuals, unless stated.
1. National Pool Lifeguard Qualification - £240.00
The RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is widely recognised as the professional benchmark in the leisure industry and will provide you with the opportunity for employment at most UK swimming pools. The qualification also has widespread international recognition.
A lifeguard must be fit and healthy so the course will have certain physical demands, therefore candidates must be able to meet the following pre requisites before attending the course. If you are unsure if you can meet these standards please contact your local pool and they will arrange a pool test for you.
- must be 16+ years of age on the date of assessment
- Jump or dive into a pool in deep water (where available)
- Swim 50 meters in 1 minute or less
- Swim 100 meters continuously on the front and then on back
- Tread water in deep water for 30 seconds
- Climb out of the pool unaided, without using steps or a ladder
- Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool
100% attendance required to complete 36 hours needed to be presented for assessment. Candidates must pass continuous assessment by the trainer throughout the course to be eligible for the end of course assessment. Assessment are completed by an independent assessor, sampling elements across the whole syllabus.
Why do pools have lifeguards?
To enable people to swim in a safe, friendly and fun environment. Lifeguards in attendance and supervising at swimming pools mean that drownings in the UK and Ireland are low. However, effective lifeguards are essential as one drowning is one too many.
Swimming is one of the most popular leisure activities enjoyed by millions of people each year, of all age groups, swimming abilities and in different pool activities. Lifeguards are essential to the safe supervision of these pool users.
In the UK and Ireland, lifeguards provide a vital role by observing, supervising and educating pool users, and on occasion are prepared to carry out a rescue.
Lifeguards help the pool operator meet their duty of care, comply with industry guidance and the law.
What do lifeguards do?
Working as a lifeguard is a rewarding and enjoyable job. You get the opportunity to work in a team within a swimming pool environment, with a wide range of people, personalities and public making the job interesting.
An important part of a lifeguard’s role is to intervene and prevent accidents. Your rescue skills may not be called upon for some time and hopefully not at all if the pool is well run and the lifeguards are diligent. However, not all accidents and medical emergencies can be prevented and that is when your lifesaving skills will be put into action. In addition to your supervision duties, building presentation and customer service will form much of your role during your shifts and you may also be involved with: customer enquiries, setting up and taking down equipment throughout the facility, cleaning, teaching and coaching.
Be prepared to work hard in maintaining high standards of cleanliness in and around the swimming pool environment. It is important that customers have a good experience of their visit and keep returning. Think how swimmers and families would feel getting changed in dirty changing areas. Would you want to swimming pool and use dirty facilities?
Attributes of a lifeguard - Strong communicator, excellent team player, able to lead, anticipate problems, extremely observant, quick thinker, able to stay calm, good with people and have a positive attitude.
2. First Aid at Work - £240.00
This 3-day course is an essential training requirement for organisations with more than 50 staff and those in high-risk sectors (such as construction or transport) and for managers or anyone responsible for the well-being of others at work. This is one of the most popular courses, even for low-risk sectors, as the comprehensive training ensures that the people who are responsible for first aid in your company are fully equipped to do the job to the best of their ability.
The course includes dealing with various conditions and injuries such as:
• Action at an Emergency • Life Saving Procedures • Respiratory Problems • Heart and Circulatory Problems • Wounds and Bleeding • Bone, Joint and Muscle Injuries • Nervous System Problems • Environmental Injuries • Poisoning
3. First Aid at Work Requalification - £160.00
This 2-day course is designed for those who have previously done the full First Aid at Work course and their qualification is about to expire. It covers the same content as the 3-day course, however due to candidates having previously completed the course less time is required to cover the course content.
Please note if your qualification has expired you have 28 days after the expiry date to complete the 2-day requalification course, otherwise you will need to attend the full 3-day course to regain your qualification.
4. Pool Plant Operators Qualification - £285 + VAT
We are hosting a Pool Plant Operators course, which will be delivered by Robin Mitchell from Pioneering Pool Solutions and is approved by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG). This course is suitable for those responsible for the day-to-day operation of the pool plant, including local authority employees, schools and private pool owners.