National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

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Enrollment: Monday 9th September 9.30AM


Pool Competency Test: Saturday 19th October: 9.30AM


Intensive Training Week: Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November (9AM-5PM) 


Assessment: Saturday 9th November 9.30AM



The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. The NPLQ is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career in the leisure industry.



Attendance is compulsory for all 38 hours of the course.  Entrance to the exam will be based on full attendance.  The course costs £200.00.  Full payment is required before the course commences.  No refunds can be given for this course.

What will you need to do to get the NPLQ?

Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must:

  • Be 16 years of age;
  • Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:-
  1. Jump/dive into deep water
  2. swim 50metres in less than 60 seconds
  3. swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  4. tread water for 30 seconds
  5. surface dive to the floor of the pool
  6. climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits


Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in two unit:

Unit 1 - The principles of Lifesaving and Swimming Pool Supervision:

Assessment for Unit 1 takes place at the conclusion of a training course for a minimum of 31 hours for new candidates.  It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard.  Your ability is assessed in a range of lifesaving skills which enable you to deal with common emergency situations in pools.  Unit 1 comprises four elements:-

  • The principles of pool lifeguarding;
  • Water rescue skills, including timed swim rescues, conscious and unconscious casualties;
  • CPR skills on adult, child and infant;
  • First Aid, where you will demonstrate a knowledge of selected first aid conditions and advising on poolside treatment.


Unit 2 - The application of Supervision and Rescue in a Swimming Pool:

Unit 2 is continually assessed over a minimum 7 hours training.  it determones your ability to apply the Unit 1 skills and knowledge in a work-related environment as they would apply in a swimming pool.