At OCL, we offer a wide range of courses, which are run on a regular basis throughout our facilities. These are for employees and interested participants from outside the organisation.

Courses are developed to ensure that quality training and support is provided for the community of Oldham and the surrounding area, and are linked to employment or further education.

All courses are held in a first class training environment, and are led by fully qualified members of staff, with the resulting qualifications being recognised professionally, nationally and internationally.

Courses include:

• STA Pool Lifeguard
• STA Award in Swimming Teaching
• STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching
• Aquacise
• STA Certificate in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment
• First Aid at Work
• Emergency First Aid for Sport
• Emergency Responder +
• Manual Handling
• Customer Care

View our training courses

 STA Award for Pool Lifeguards

The STA Pool Lifeguard Qualification is widely recognized as the professional benchmark in the leisure industry and will provid you with the opportunity for employment at most UK Swimming Pools. The qualification also has widespread international recognition.

The STA Pool Lifeguard Qualification is awarded upon successful completion of the course and is valid for a period of 2 years. The candidate must attend the entire course and pass the assessment to be awarded the STA Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

The courses will take place during half term breaks during the school holidays, and you will be trained on all aspects of life guarding. The assessment will take place on the last day and will take approximately 4 hours.

Entry Requirements

• The candidate must be 16 years of age or older

• Be able to swim 100 metres on their front

• Be able to swim 100 metres on their back

• Be able to swim 50 metres in 1 minute

• Be able to surface dive and recover an object from the deepest part of the pool

Course Dates

Course dates for 2015 are in the process of being finalised, and will be advertised in due course.

Please note that each course has limited places available and is filled on a first come first served basis.


The cost of the course is £210, which is payable at the time of booking.

Please note that completion of the course does not guarantee employment within OCLL.

Credit/Refunds will only be issued due to medical circumstances, in which a doctor’s note or sickness certificate will need to be provided.

 STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching

This is the industry standard for those who wish to teach unsupervised and is essential for seeking employment as a swimming teacher. Once qualified, the holder will be able to teach groups of participants of a range of abilities utilising the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming.

Details of Course:

Saturday 15th November 2014           9am – 5pm

Sunday 16th November 2014             9am – 5pm

Friday 21st November 2014               9am – 5pm

Saturday 22nd November 2014           9am – 5pm

Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, Burnley Street, Chadderton, OL9 0JW


  • Candidates must be at least 17 years old at the time of the examination
  • Hold the STA Award or acceptable equivalent
  • Be a member of the STA
  • Hold the ‘Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children’ certificate (available online at or acceptable equivalent
  • Hold an acceptable lifesaving qualification (Pool Emergency Procedures or higher)


£285 – Includes Membership, Pool Emergency Procedures and Online Safeguarding Children Module

Whether you are pursuing skills and qualifications in the quest to gain employment, or qualifications you wish to procure whilst working, OCL are dedicated to providing high quality services and opportunities to all individuals choosing to learn with us.

For further information on any of our courses please contact:

Kate Gerken
Support Officer (HR & Audit)
0161 621 3364 or 07515 098403