Lifeguard Courses

What is this qualification? 
The aim of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is to teach learners a wide range of lifeguarding related skills, that will be required in a leisure centre facility.

The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland that complies with the industry guidance contained within the HSE publication ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’ Generally, the NPLQ is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard.

The RLSS UK NPLQ is not just a qualification it can be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry.

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

The qualification is internationally recognised and is incorporated on the Qualifications Framework at Level 2.

The NPLQ is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and a further 20 hours of ongoing training and competency assessment must be completed before a lifeguard can renew their qualification prior to the expiry of their existing award.

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How is the qualification assessed?
Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course.
The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Theory Assessment (exam) for all 3 sections
  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment

Candidates must be:

  • At least 16 years of age at the start of the course.
  • Able to swim a minimum of 100 metres on their back and front continuously. 
  • Able to swim 50 metres in 60 seconds.
  • Able to dive to a depth of 3 metres.
  • Able to swim efficient breaststroke and have some knowledge of sidestroke.