Moray Council is offering future lifeguards the chance to train in Moray for minimal fees.
Six Moray Council swimming pool staff have undertaken training to become assessors for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications (NPLQ).
The last piece of their qualification is to train six new lifeguards each for their own NPLQ.
The qualification is necessary for any lifeguard on pool duty and the main route to employment as a lifeguard.
The qualification usually costs £250-300 but Moray Council is offering budding lifeguards the chance to gain their NPLQ for just £60.
This covers the cost of the course manual and final assessment.
Courses will be available in all pools across Moray as either a week long course of 40 hours or a split course over set days (e.g. over two or three weekends).
Moray Council’s Principal Sport and Leisure Officer, Ken Brown, says the opportunity is too good to miss.
“I’m extremely proud of all our staff who have stepped up to get their training and assessor qualification and can see this opportunity appealing to a range of budding lifeguards.
“Perhaps senior school pupils, college students, young leaders or someone looking for a career change.
“If anyone has an interest in relief or part-time work opportunities at any of our pools, or Moray Leisure Centre, this is a great way to gain your vital qualification.
“It can fit in with existing work patterns and is a real life skill to get you on your lifeguard career ladder.”
The minimum age to undertake the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is 16 years old.
A pre-course swim and fitness ability test is required prior to undertaking the course. Training can take place between now and September 2023.
Anyone interested in taking up the offer to get their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification should contact Ken Brown by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01542 888 055.