The Ascent Training Centre is a unique centre based at Stevenage Swimming Centre which enables you to improve your skills or develop new ones.

We offer a wide range of nationally accredited courses for both the leisure industry including Active IQ Fitness Courses from Level 2 Gym Instructor to Level 3 Exercise Referral plus Level Two Studio Cycling and Exercise to Music all the way to Level Three Personal Training. As a centre we provide access to RLSS Courses such as the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC). We also operate generic industry health and safety courses such as IOSH Managing Safely, ROSPA Manual Handling, NEBOSH and all relevant First Aid qualifications; Emergency, Paediatric & Full.

All our courses are designed to help you develop a successful professional career within your chosen industry and to meet legal requirements and regulations.
We are accredited to Quest, IOS 14001, IQL / RLSS, ASA/Swim England, Active IQ, IOSH and ROSPA.

If you would like more information on any of our courses, please email

If you are interested in any course then please email for more information. 

Meet The Team

Our friendly Ascent Trainers are all experts in their field.

Sharon Hunter

Ascent Training Manager


National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
Manual Handling
National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)
First Aid at Work (STA)
Emergency Responder (STA)
Emergency First Aid (STA)
First Aid annual update
Adrenaline Auto-injection (Epi-pen) (STA)
Rookie Instructor (RLSS)

Specialist Areas

<p>Sharon has worked as an RLSS NPLQ Trainer Assessor for 10 years. Sharon has a variety of qualifications including National Rescue Award and First Aid Tutor. Sharon is a popular tutor who strives to get the best results from her students.</p>

Rob Canfield

Having been working as part of the Ascent Training Centre Team for several years, Rob has a wealth of operational, management and training experience to draw upon within all qualifications making his courses both informative and enjoyable.


Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching)

Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)
First Aid at Work
Emergency First Aid

Paediatric First Aid at Work
First Aid annual update
Management of Anaphylaxis

Automated External Defibrillator

Trainer / Assessor Qualifications for RLSS
Rookie Instructor

SLL Teaching Swimming CPD’s

Specialist Areas

As a tutor for Swim England and the RLSS Rob aspires to produce the highest level of competence from all candidates’ and those around him.

Juanita Prescott

Coporate Health & Wellbeing Manager


Level 3 Exercise Referral Level 4 Exercise in Management of Low Back Pain
Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym)
Level 3 Designing Pre and Post Natal Exercise Programming
Level 2 Adapting Gym Instruction for Adolescents
QCF Entry Level Award in The Principles of Health and Fitness

Specialist Areas

Juanita has developed a large portfolio of Fitness qualifications over the 20 years that she has been a Fitness Professional. She has worked within all areas of the Fitness Industry and is an enthusiastic Tutor who inspires her students.

Peter Blakeman

Ascent Trainer


Level 2 Swimming Pool Operations
Level 3 Swimming Pool Operations
Supervisory Management Certificates all 3 modules

Specialist Areas

Peter has been employed as an External Tutor for many years. He has a wealth of experience in his field of work within Teaching and Leisure, which he is keen to share to students on his courses.

Contact Us

St Georges Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 1XY

01438 579 398

Getting Here

The centre is located across the road from Stevenage Town Centre and is a 5 minute walk from Stevenage Bus Station. The bus route can be found here. Car parks are available around the centre and are free to members, please enter your registration number at reception.