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National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

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National Pool Lifeguard Qualification



Mon 14th August- Fri 18th August 2023

09:00 - 17:30

Final Assessment

Sat 21st August

09:00 - 12:00

The NPLQ is a comprehensive training programme that will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent lifeguard. This qualification is recognised across the Island and the wider UK and will enable you to work as a lifeguard in a wide range of settings, including leisure centres, swimming pools, and other aquatic facilities.



Every candidate attending an 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

Sign onto our NPLQ Course
Course Prerequisites - All candidates must meet the follown criteria bfor starting the course:


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COURSE FEE £280.00 Cheques made payable to: Southern Swimming Pool


Please note this fee is non-refundable, non-transferable unless otherwise agreed with a Trainer Assessor. We reserve the right to charge any Trainer Assessor fees incurred due to re-sits of the final assessment. 

Course Overview:
The internationally recognised Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS UK) National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is not only a qualification that will train you to become a Pool Lifeguard but can also be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry. In order to perform lifeguard duties, candidates must be physically fit, have good vision and hearing, be mentally alert and self-disciplined.  The course requires a minimum of 36 hours training and requires 100% attendance. The course will be delivered using a variety of methods including:

  • PowerPoint Presentations

  • Flip Chart Exercises

  • Guided Group Discussions and Activities

  • Practical Demonstrations and Training

The NPLQ certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of successful completion of the course.


Topics Covered:
The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguard 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 pool. Approved prior learning can be applied upon proof of certification, please ask your trainer for further details.  For full details on the courses content and to view IQL UK policies, please visit


Equipment Required:

You are required to bring the following items to the course:

  • Photographic Identification (must be shown to the trainer on the first day of the course)

  • A whistle

  • Swimming costume

  • Towel

  • Shorts and t-shirt to be worn in the water

  • Pen / pencil


Some of the days may include water work on more than one occasion and candidates may prefer to bring two sets of towels, shorts and t-shirts.


Course Assessment:
The NPLQ course syllabus and practical skills are continually assessed by the course trainer and a suitable level competence must be achieved to be put forward for a final independent assessment. The assessment will include written theory questions and practical demonstrations of water rescue skills, CPR and First Aid.

If you have any questions prior to the start of the course, please feel free to contact your course coordinator using the details below.

Oliver Cowan

01624 823930

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