Lifeguard Training Courses


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We offer lifeguard courses throughout the year. Courses are available to individuals, school children or staff and companies upon request.

Successful completion of our lifeguard course and assessment results in the award of the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) - the industry standard qualification and most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom.

We offer lifeguard-training courses over a one-week period during most half term and end of term holidays. Courses last approximately forty hours (this covers the minimum requirements of the awarding body) as well as a two to three hour exam normally scheduled at the end of the last day of training.

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The NPLQ course has a minimum duration of 36 hours of contact training.

There are three basic elements:

  1. The lifeguard and the law
  2. The swimming pool, hazards and control measures
  3. Swimming pool supervision

The course comprises of physical training and theoretical classroom work. You will be trained to carry out CPR, first-aid practices and given sufficient training to competently manage a range of poolside emergencies.

The NPLQ is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and a further 20 hours of ongoing training and competency assessment must be completed before a lifeguard can renew their qualification prior to the expiry of their existing award.

The price of the course includes all course materials, tuition and exam entry. Upon successful completion of all sections of the NPLQ as declared by your trainer and assessor, the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is awarded.

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Course Structure and Topics Covered

Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the NPLQ.

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 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
Element 2 of Section 3 can include an optional bolt of AED on to the qualification
Element 3 – First Aid

RLSS UK NPLQ Course Assessment

Throughout the course you will be continuously assessed by the trainer. The final assessment will be a practical and theoretical examination to test your understanding & competency, carried out by an external examiner at the end of the course.

Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the conclusion of a training course for a minimum of 36 hours for new candidates. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard.

The assessment will also determine your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment as they would apply in a swimming pool. Your ability is assessed in a range of lifeguarding skills which enable you to deal with common emergency situations in pools.

The assessment is in four parts:

  1. Practical pool assessment
  2. Theory assessment
  3. First aid assessment
  4. CPR assessment

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Am I Suitable For The Course?

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

It is a candidate’s responsibility to ensure they meet these criteria upon booking their place on a course.

► Be 16 years of age at the time of taking the NPLQ assessment;
► Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:-
► 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

Please note, these are not the same as the course examination criteria. Examinable content will feature in the course materials issued at the commencement of the course and as much of this as possible will be covered and practiced during the training in the build up to the exam.

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