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January 30, 2008

The National Pool Lifeguard Course

The aim of the IWS/ILAM Ireland, Pool Lifeguard Award is to enable a
candidate to act as a designated lifeguard, trained in pool rescue and BLS
techniques. He/She will also have an awareness of first aid and pool water

Course starts Friday 8th Feb 2008 in Naas Swimming Pool and will take place on
Friday nights and Saturday Mornings

Friday date Feb 8th,15th,22nd,29th and March 7th (8pm to 11pm)
Saturday dates Feb 9th & Mar 1st ,8th (8am to 1pm)

Further information or to book a place  email :  

. Be able to swim 100 metres on their front and 100 metres on their back.
. Be able to surface dive and recover an object from the deepest part of
the pool.
. Be 16 years of age, or older, at the time of the examination.

The specification for the qualification is:
Unit 1 Basic Life Support 1,2 and 3
Unit 2 Life Guarding
Unit 3 Pool Operations

Lifeguard certification is awarded at either of two levels.

Level 1 certificates are awarded to those who are judged to be competent
to supervise swimming pools or sections of a swimming facility, where the
water depth does not exceed 1.5m.

Level 2 certificates are awarded to those who are judged to be competent
to supervise areas of water in a swimming facility where depths are
greater than 1.5m.

Candidates can upgrade from a Level 1 to a Level 2 award during the
validity period of the Level 1 award. Candidates undertaking such an
upgrade do not have to complete the entire course.