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NPLQ Lifeguard Training Course

NPLQ Lifeguard Training Course

Next Course Dates

Monday 23 to Friday 27 August 2021

LifeguardNext Course Dates

Monday 23 to Friday 27 August 2021

Final Assessment is on the morning of Saturday 28 August 2021

Our hugely popular lifeguard training course is open to everyone over the age of 16. Gain an internationally recognised qualification. Suitable for those working in leisure, education or those looking to gain employment in this area.

The internationally-recognised RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career in the leisure industry.  The NPLQ course is a minimum of 36 hours long followed by a practical assessment on pool lifeguard theory, pool rescue, first aid and CPR.


  • Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to supervise swimmers
  • Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry or part-time work to fit around university studies
  • Train in a fun and challenging environment
  • Excellent facilities, with exclusive use of the pool throughout the course
  • Once qualified, you can work around the world
  • Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR

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

Course Content

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue TechniquesLifeguarding 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

Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans

Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid

Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law

Element 1 – Intervention and Rescue

Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures

Element 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury

Element 2 – First Aid

Element 3 – Swimming Pool


Element 3 – Emergency Action Plan

Element 3 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)


Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment. The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Theory Assessment – verbal question and answer session with the assessor
  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment



Lifeguards may renew their qualification only within the period of validity of their existing qualification. Lifeguards must meet the following on-going training criteria before being submitted for a renewal assessment:

  • Provide written evidence of having completed a minimum 20 hours lifesaving, CPR and first aid training within the two year validity period. Ongoing training will be provided by the employer

Approved Prior Learning

In some circumstances, candidates may be able to show evidence of prior achievement to exempt themselves from sections of the course. Exemptions may apply to holders of the following awards and qualifications (guided learning time credits are shown in brackets):

  • Current RLSS UK National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) [12 hours]
  • Current HSE Approved First Aid at Work Certificate or Occupational First Aid Certificate [9 hours]
  • Current STA NARS [PL] Qualification [9 hours]

Where candidates wish to claim a training exemption, they must provide the course trainer with original qualifications prior to the start of the course.  A maximum of 12 hours accreditation for prior learning may be claimed.

We'd love to talk to you

We've helped lots of people, from a wide range of backgrounds, including nursery managers, teachers, students and leisure industry workers, gain their NPLQ. If you'd like more information on any element of the course, please email Rebecca Lee-Bursnall at

The cost of the course is £265 per candidate

For more information contact Rebecca Lee-Bursnall, Lettings Officer, at or call 01904 527362.