Open water swimming is one of the fastest-growing sports in the UK. The OWL 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 (RLSS UK) to address the role of open water lifeguards and the needs of open water operators. As the open water industry continues to grow, the RLSS UK have endeavoured to respond to change through the ongoing development of this qualification. The OWL qualification can be used to supervise and provide rescue cover for planned, organised and risk assessed activities in still, non-tidal water.
The Learning Materials
Prerequisites for Open Water Lifeguard Qualification:
- Must hold a current RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ).
- Be able to meet the following criteria:
- Must complete minimum guided learning hours
- Successfully complete the course assessment