RLSS Open Water Lifeguard Courses - Cork, Ireland


RLSS Open Water Lifeguard, Ballyhass Mallow

  • Suitable Ages 16 yrs +

  • Course Length 3 Days

  • Location Ballyhass Mallow

  • Accreditation RLSS

  • Price €299

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RLSS Open Water Lifeguarding


*** 2024 COURSE DATES***

August 19th - 21st 2024 (Monday - Wednesday) Ballyhass Mallow
August 24th, 25th & 31st  (Saturday, Sunday & Saturday) Ballyhass Coachford
September 7th, 14th & 21st (Three Saturdays) Ballyhass Mallow


The RLSS Open Water Lifeguarding (OWL) qualification was created especially for lifeguards working on non-tidal water such as lakes and rivers. Ballyhass have been training their own lifeguards to be OWL certified for many years, our lifeguards help us keep everyone safe in our open waters at the Mallow quarry and Coachford section of the river Lee.

Fast Facts

  • Three-day course including assessment.
  • 16yrs +
  • Must be a confident in open water.
  • Courses take place on the last weekend of each month May to September.
  • Water and classroom content each day.
  • 6 to 7 hours per day excluding breaks.
  • Qualifies you to lifeguard flat open water (not pool or beach).
  • Let us know if you are a qualified pool or beach lifeguard, course time may be reduced.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK & Ireland are one of the leading societies for Lifesaving and Lifeguarding in Ireland and the UK. All of our Open Water Lifeguard Trainers are qualified to deliver OWL courses by this society.

  • 16yrs + before the course starts
  • Be confident in open water
  • Be able to swim 400m continuously on your front in open water.
  • Be able to swim 2m underwater.
  • Complete minimum guided learning hours (RLSS sea & pool lifeguards may be able to compete the course in less time)
  • Pass the course assessment on day three.

Location: Ballyhass Mallow
August 19th - 21st 2024 (Monday - Wednesday)

Location: Ballyhass Coachford
August 24th, 25th & 31st  (Saturday, Sunday & Saturday) Ballyhass Coachford

Location: Ballyhass Mallow
September 7th, 14th & 21st (Three Saturdays)

The price is €299 per participant

Please send an enquiry through our website, email or call us to receive a quote for a large group or private course 

  • Pack for water and classroom activities each day – wetsuit, swimming togs, towel, swimming hat, etc.
  • We have a café onsite, but candidates are free to bring food if they would prefer.
  • We provide toilets, showers (Mallow only) and changing rooms onsite.
  • A note pad and biro.
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