Customer Notice

The main and boom pool at Darwen Leisure Centre will be closed from 7pm on Tuesday 4th October for a Swimming Gala. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Pool Closure

Small pool at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre is currently closed for maintenance until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Royal Life Saving Society UK – RLSS UK: The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification at BwD Leisure

– Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry
– Opportunity for career progression, as most leisure managers start off as pool lifeguards
– Varied working hours
– Work within a team
– The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel
– Great way for students to fund studies
– Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:
– Jump / dive into deep water
– Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
– Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
– Tread water for 30 seconds
– Surface dive to the floor of the pool
– Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits

Latest course dates:

Venue Darwen Leisure Centre
Course Dates Monday 8th August – Friday 12th August 2022
Time 8am – 5pm
Cost £250

Applications can be collected at reception of all buildings.

For more information please contact the Leisure Hub on 01254 585555 or email