Achieve your RLSS (Inland) Open Water Lifeguard Qualification Online

June 20, 2021

The RLSS's (Inland) Open Water Lifeguard qualification has been specifically designed to equip open water lifeguards with the skills required to supervise and provide rescue cover for planned, organised and risk assessed activities in still or non-tidal water.

The Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) Qualification was developed by the Royal Life Saving Society UK and Ireland to address the role of open water lifeguards and the needs of open water operators.

The Open Water Lifeguard qualification is not suitable for those providing cover in tidal waters - that requires the RLSS National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification.

Book your place on our RLSS Open Water Lifeguard Qualification Course. It takes place in our Virtual Classroom, with a Practical Element to be scheduled at a later date.

Course Schedule

Monday 5th July 18.30 - 21.30
Wednesday 7th July 09.00 - 12.00
Wednesday 7th July 13.00 - 15.00
Friday 9th July 09.00 - 12.00
Friday 9th July 13.00 - 15.00

Open Water Lifeguard Course Pre-Requisites:

Every candidate attending an Open Water Lifeguard course must:

  • Be 16-years-old or over at the time of assessment
  • Be competent and confident in open water
  • Be able to submerge under the water confidently
  • Before the course, candidates must be able to swim at least 400 metres in a pool/ open water swimming continuously on their front and showing urgency
  • Able to submerge under the water confidently
  • Must complete minimum guided learning hours
  • Successfully complete the course 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 an OWL qualification valid for 2 years.

RPL New candidates: 7hrs + Assessment


Full course: €250.00 for members / €300.00 for non-members

Virtual Classroom ONLY: €160.00 for members / €195.00 for non-members

Practical ONLY: €100.00 for members / €125.00 for non-members

Book via RLSS (Inland) Open Water Lifeguard Qualification

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