The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020. -  
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We now offer the NPLQ which is an ideal starting point for anyone looking to start a career in the leisure industry.


About the Course

The NPLQ has a number of benefits:

  • Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which can easily fit around other commitments
  • The NPLQ is recognised around the world, offering potential to work and travel
  • Life skills including First Aid and CPR are acquired

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 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 is split into three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

The course will cover the following:

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)


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 for all 3 sections
  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment

More Information

To find out more about the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 776 7420 with any questions or queries you may have.

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