National pool lifeguard qualification

Ever thought of becoming a lifeguard?

NPLQ is widely accepted by swimming pools in the UK and Ireland as a minimum qualification as a role of a lifeguard within the swimming pool.

The NPLQ course includes 3 sections:

  • Section 1 - The lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool and Supervision
  • Section 2 - Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
  • Section 3 - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid.
  • Section 4 - AED

The course includes swimming pool rescue skills, basic life support, basic First Aid, managing a casualty suffering from a spinal injury, managing a swimming pool environment, identifying hazards that could cause harm to users and much more.

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 allows

Successful candidates will receive:

  • RLSS NPLQ certificate for each candidate
  • RLSS NPLQ Lifeguard manual for each candidate
  • Handouts and revision sheets for each candidate

 Course dates:

  • 23rd October 10.30am - 5.30pm, 24th October 9am - 5.30pm, 25th October 9am - 5.30pm, 26th October 10.30am -6pm, 27th October 10.30am - 5.30pm, 28th October 11.30am - 8pm.

Contact Claire for more information on: clairematthews@pfpleisure.org or 01403 219200