Open Water Lifeguarding Course


Open Water Lifeguarding Course, Mallow

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  • Suitable Ages 16 yrs +

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RLSS Open Water Lifeguarding

The RLSS Open Water Lifeguarding (OWL) qualification was created especially for lifeguards working on non-tidal water such as lakes and rivers. Ballyhass have been training their own lifeguards to be OWL certified for many years, our lifeguards help us keep everyone safe in our open waters at the Mallow quarry and Coachford section of the river Lee.

Fast Facts

  • Three-day course including assessment.
  • 16yrs +
  • Must be a confident in open water.
  • Courses take place over 3 days 
  • Courses running July and August 2023
  • Water and classroom content each day.
  • 6 to 7 hours per day excluding breaks.
  • Qualifies you to lifeguard flat open water (not pool or sea)

The Royal Life Saving Society UK & Ireland are one of the leading societies for Lifesaving and Lifeguarding in Ireland and the UK. All of our Open Water Lifeguard Trainers are qualified to deliver OWL courses by this society.

  • 16yrs + before the course starts
  • Be confident in open water
  • Be able to swim 400m continuously on your front in open water.
  • Be able to swim 2m underwater.
  • Complete minimum guided learning hours (RLSS sea & pool lifeguards may be able to compete the course in less time)
  • Pass the course assessment on day three.

Course 1 

July 1st, 8th & 15th 

3 Saturdays


Course 2

August 6th, 13th and 20th

3 Sundays 


  • Pack for water and classroom activities each day – wetsuit, swimming togs, towel, swimming hat, etc.
  • We have a café onsite, but candidates are free to bring food if they would prefer.
  • We provide toilets, showers (Mallow only) and changing rooms onsite.
  • A note pad and biro.
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Ballyhass Mallow


Ballyhass Coachford


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