Open Water Lifeguard Qualification


The Open Water Lifeguard qualification enables candidates with no previous lifeguard experience to become qualified. By attaining this qualification candidates will have been assessed as competent to provide supervision and rescue cover for planned, organised and risk-assessed activities in open water still, non-tidal.

The Open Water Lifeguard Qualification, delivered over three days, is valid for two years and is independently assessed. The candidate manual and trainer resources help the Open Water Lifeguard Trainer Assessor deliver through the three sections:

  • Section 1 – The Open Water Lifeguard, environment, hazards and supervision
  • Section 2 – Responding to an emergency and taking action
  • Section 3 – CPR and First Aid

New candidates: 18hrs + Assessment and Renewal candidates: 10hrs + Assessment

Current National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) holders can use RPL* from their NPLQ and attend a one-day RPL OWL qualification course, which will include an assessment by an OWL Assessor if successful they will be awarded a OWL qualification valid for 2 years.

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