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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


28th October – 1st November 2019           9am – 5pm

2nd November 2019                                 8am – 12pm


Location: Oldham Leisure Centre Middleton Road, Oldham, OL9 6AF
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 provide 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 Lifeguard course 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.

For further details or to book a place please contact: or call 0161 621 3215 or to book a place please call our Customer Contact Team on 0161 207 7000.

STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching


Saturday, 16th and Sunday 17th November 2019 – 9am – 5pm

Saturday 23rd November 2019 9am – 5pm

Location: Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, Burnley Street, Chadderton, OL9 0JW
Entry requirements: Candidates must be at least 17 years old at the time of the examination
  Candidates must hold the STA Award in Swimming Teaching or equivalent
Cost: £260


The work of a Swimming Teacher

Swimming Teachers work with people of all ages and abilities – from babies to adults – to teach them this valuable life skill that will enable them to be safe in and around the water.


Swimming Teachers have to work in hot, humid and noisy poolside environments and must be able to offer learners clear instruction, guidance, encouragement, motivation and support.


Swimming Teaching offers great flexibility because you can often select the hours of work that best suit you on either a casual or contracted basis. Some experienced Swimming Teachers often go on to set up their own swim schools or teach swimming at holiday resorts abroad.


What qualifications are required?

You will start by taking a qualification to teach beginners after which you may want to complete the training that enables you to teach improved and advanced swimmers.


What’s involved in the training?

You will undertake a combination of theory work and practical teaching sessions with your course tutor, who will introduce you to a range of different teaching methods and practices. At the end of the course, you will have a practical and theoretical examination to test your understanding.


As part of your course with STA, you will receive training in lifesaving and swimming pool rescue techniques. Therefore, it is important that you are confident in and around water.


You will be able to complete your initial training to teach beginners in 4 days and further training to allow you to teach improvers and advanced swimmers will take place over  further 4 days. This initial investment will be repaid quickly once you find employment. There is a national shortage of Swimming Teachers in the UK, so if you are armed with an STA qualification, your services will be in high demand.

STA Pool Lifeguard / Safety Award for Teachers Ongoing Training Timetable

SAT Timetable Jul – Dec 2

PLG Timetable Jul – Dec 2019

Before attending any training session, please check directly with the site to ensure that the session is taking place as planned.  Where possible changes will be made to this timetable in advance.

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.


To book a place on any of our courses please contact our Customer Contact Team on 0161 207 7000 or for further information or questions you can contact a member of our HR team by email to or call 0161 621 3215. 


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