PEOPLE who want to become a lifeguard can take the plunge and attend a training course at the Crystal Leisure Centre next week.

The Stourbridge leisure centre, on Bell Street, is running a Royal Life Saving Society National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course daily between February 17-21 from 2pm to 10.30pm.

An exam will follow on Saturday February 22.

Those who successfully complete the course will be qualified to work as a pool lifeguard, both in the UK and abroad.

The course comprises physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a practical assessment in and out of the water.

There is no written exam.

Participants must be at least 16 years old and take a 15-minute pre-arranged swimming test beforehand.

Councillor Stuart Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for adults of any age to gain a professional level qualification that gives them the chance to immediately seek work, and potentially even work overseas.”

The course costs £240.

Spaces must be pre-booked with a deposit of £50.

The remaining balance must be paid before the first day of the course.

For more information, or to provisionally book, visit or call Nikki Tranter at Crystal Leisure Centre, on 01384 812800.