Learn skills for life
There is also the option to obtain additional qualifications during an NPLQ course including:
First Aid at Work Certificate (Additional 2 hours training)
Automated External Defibrillation Certificate (AED) (Additional 1.5 hours training)
Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry
Opportunity for career progression, as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards
Varied working hours
Work within a team
The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel
Great way for students to fund studies
Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CP
This qualification is regulated by Ofqual.
Lifeguard Course Pre-Requisites
Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:
Jump / dive into deep water
Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
Tread water for 30 seconds
Surface dive to the floor of the pool
Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits
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.
Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision
Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law
Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision
Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
Element 1 – Intervention and Rescue
Element 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
Element 3 – Emergency Action Plan
Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid
Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Element 2 – First Aid
Element 3 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
5 days typically 08.30 – 18.00 hrs each day.
An RLSS approved level 2 certificate in Pool Lifeguarding and Swimming Pool Supervision valid for two years, is issued via The Royal Life Saving Society on successful completion of the course assessment.
For a small additional fee, a HSE Approved Emergency First Aid at Work certificate valid for 3 years can also be awarded to those successfully completing the assessment.