Open Water Lifesaving

I am excited to add Open Water Lifesaving courses to my list!!  Although the Basic Life Saving skills are similar there are lots of different hazards and risks we could be faced with in the Open Water.  The method of lifesaving is also different as you are commonly on a canoe or paddle board and we also learn different rescue techniques.  With Open Water Swimming becoming an up and coming sport this is a great course if you want a job on the lakes for the summer or if you just want to stay safe in Open Water!

AquaPups Open Water

I have designed this course to teach children Basic Lifesaving and First Aid skills as well as an introduction to Open Water Swimming.  The course is a mixture of Theory and Practical work both in and out of the water.  The theory side covers identifying and avoiding hazards, Dealing with a Conscious/Unconscious casualty, Recovery Position, CPR and the basic First Aid skills of identifying and dealing with common injuries and illnesses.  The water starts off an Introduction to Open Water and a bit of lifesaving: how to keep safe and what to do if you panic or if someone else needs help and some basic rescue techniques.   We learn how to put on and take off a wetsuit, how to acclimatize to the water, safety signs and communication, buoyancy and flotation and stroke work.  

5 hour course over one or two dates - £70

Open Water Lifesaving

This course is accredited by the Royal Lifesaving Society and the qualification lasts for two years.  It allows the candidate to lifeguard an Open Water venue.  The course can be competed in two ways:

1 day Bolt on course - For those who have a valid NPLQ qualification.  This course is added on to the NPLQ to allow trained lifeguards to work in Open Water Venues.  It covers the Hazards and rescues in the Open Water.

1 day bolt on course - £60

3 Day course - For those who have no prior Lifesaving qualification and wasn't to Lifeguard in the Open Water.  This course cover the Basic Life Support skills and techniques and all of the information and rescues needed for an Open Water Lifeguard.

3 Day course - £250


Divers Cove,

Godstone, RH9 8ND


Divers Cove is on the East Lake Nature Reservoir near Godstone Village.  There are two circuits available 450m and 650m, both clearly marked by large buoys.  There in an onsite café serving hot and cold drinks and food, male and female heated changing facilities and toilets.

Swim times:

Tues, Weds and Thurs - 5.30pm - 8pm

Sat & Sun - 9am - 12.30pm and 3pm -8pm


The SHAC lagoon

Reigate Road, Betchworth RH3 7BQ


The SHAC- Surrey Hills Adventure Company Lagoon is situated in the heart of the Surrey Hills in Buckland.  The unspoilt natural Quarry lake is a beautiful way to spend time Wild swimming, paddle boarding or you can even try their stand up yoga sessions!!!

Course Dates:

Divers Cove - 5th, 6th & 7th July

Weirwood Reservoir- 15th, 16th & 17th July



Kids loved it!!

'Really great course that brings water safety awareness and general first aid guidelines to kids, fab, Thank you!'

— K.C.


“Brilliant!  It was so lovely to watch the children learn such important skills! She really enjoyed the course, Thank you!!”

— E,M.

Want to do it again!.

'Excellent course Sam, they learnt important life skills and had fun.  They loved the course and would definitely like to do it again in the near futureThank you Sam!'

— J.Y.