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lifeguard course - pool lifeguarding level 2

Thinking about taking the plunge and becoming a Lifeguard? Take your Level 2 Pool Lifeguarding qualification with the Virgin Active Academy at Mansion House, London.

why become a lifeguard?

This course will teach you all there is to know about Lifeguarding, including First Aid, rescue techniques, customer care, and dealing with emergencies.

If you are looking to take a step into the exciting world of the leisure industry, a Lifeguarding qualification is a great skill to have. Many swimming instructors and leisure managers are accredited Lifeguards.

Pool Lifeguarding is an incredibly fulfilling role. Not only will you learn how to keep swimmers safe, you will also gain valuable skills, keep fit and meet a wide range of people.


why take your pool lifeguarding course with Virgin Active academy?

  • Increase your chance of employment. Qualifying through the Virgin Active Academy gives you exclusive access to our live job vacancy board.
  • Practice your skills at our clubs. When you sign up for your course, you will have full access to our Virgin Active Clubs. Swim and gym at our clubs, wherever you are in the UK! (Exclusions apply).
  • Boost your CV with a nationally recognised Safety Training Awards (STA) qualification. Safety Training Awards is the awarding organisation of The Swimming Teachers’ Association, an independent registered charity and national governing body for swimming and lifesaving. This means you will have an accreditation that will provide you with the edge when applying for jobs in the sports and leisure industry.
  • Learn First Aid at the same time. This Lifeguarding course includes the First Aid at Work syllabus. This means you will get First Aid qualified without having to take a separate course.
  • Train with the very best instructors. Our expert trainers have years of experience in the leisure industry and are here to support you in taking the next step in your career.
  • Get CIMSPA endorsed. This course has been quality assured by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and is aligned with its professional standards. Taking this course gives you CIMSPA points which recognise your status in the sports and leisure industry.

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interested? before you get started…


Please make sure you are able to meet the following requirements before you attend your course:
• Enter and climb out of the pool unaided without the use of the steps.
• Be able to jump into deep water.
• Be able to tread water for 30 seconds in deep water.
• Swim continuous 200m with 100m with a front stroke - 100m completed with a backstroke.
• Complete a 50m swim in 60 seconds using a front stroke.
• Surface dive and recover an object from the bottom of the deepest part of the pool with your hands (not feet first)


want to know more?

If you want to know more about becoming a Lifeguard or would like to enrol on our Pool Lifeguarding course, we’d love to help. Contact our team today and get started on your journey.

Our next lifeguarding course runs on the following dates below at Mansion House in London from 08:30 - 17:00 with a break for lunch.

25 October 2021 - 29 October 2021

22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021

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