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 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 below:

STA Pool Lifeguard

 Date:26th – 31st October 2015
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
 Cost: £220

The Work of a Pool Lifeguard

Pool Lifeguards are responsible for overseeing the safety of all pool users and provide a vitally important public service. Lifeguards are trained in Poolside Rescue, First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Pool Lifeguards have to work in hot, humid and noisy environments and need to be able to work as part of a team, engage with members of the public to prevents accidents and ensure bather safety. The work of a Lifeguard offers great flexibility and can often select the hours of work that best suit them, either on a casual or contracted basis. Experienced Lifeguards often to on the complete their Beach Lifeguard Qualification and work abroad.

STA Pool Lifeguard

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.

What’s Involved in the Training?

The STA Pool Lifeguardcourse is intensive and rigorous, you will undertake a combination of theory and practical work and be trained to carry our CPR, First Aid and given sufficient training to competently manage a range of pools


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.

Please note that each course has limited places available and is filled on a first come first served basis. Completion of the course may not guarantee employment within OCL. Credit/Refunds will only be issued due to medical circumstances, in which a doctor’s note or sickness certificate will need to be provided, cost is payable at the time of booking.

For further information on any of our courses please contact:

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