Sports, Recreation and

Exercise – Pool Lifeguard

Level 5

Code: 5M5146

Duration: 1 year


This course is designed to cater for a broad spectrum of sports and leisure related activities. Graduates may seek a career in leisure, personal training, coaching, community and local authority based work and a range of careers in tourism and related fields. Practical aspects of the course take place in the University of Limerick Sports Arena. Facilities include 50m pool, aerobics studio, large well-equipped gymnasium and four full sized sports halls.

Course content

A selection of modules are offered from the following:

  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Work Experience
  • Pool Lifeguard (Become an Irish Water Safety fully qualified Lifeguard)
  • Deep Water Pool Lifeguard
  • Leisure Facility Administration
  • Communications
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Safety & Health at Work

Entry requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. Exemptions may be made for mature students and talented students. Applicants will be interviewed.


  • QQI Sports, Recreation and Exercise Level 5 (5M5146)
  • IWS (Irish Water Safety) Pool Lifeguard
  • Occupational First Aid
  • FAI (Football Association of Ireland) Kickstart 1
  • National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness
  • (NCEF, University of Limerick)

Course Fees

An administration charge of €400 applies. Exam fees subject to exemption.


Students who attain the minimum entry requirements may progress to PE teaching at UCC and Institute of Technology Tralee. Students may progress to study Sports Strength and Conditioning or Social and Community Studies at Limerick Institute of Technology and many courses in IT Colleges nationwide.

Ms. Lisa Horgan

Course Coordinator



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