National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification

The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and is also internationally recognised. More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with RLSS UK qualifications every year.

Course Summary

The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with a RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) every year, and there are currently more than 80,000 pool lifeguards qualified in the NPLQ – 95% of all UK pool lifeguards! RLSS UK is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA in Northern Ireland.

Course Contents

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 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
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

Certification

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

Duration

The NPLQ course requires a minimum of 36 hours of training and 100% attendance. Courses usually run over consecutive days, midweek from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm. Some venues may vary days and hold the end assessment on a weekend.

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the marketing name for this qualification – its ‘accredited title’ as listed with Ofqual is: IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue qualification number 603/3309/1

Further Information

Duration: 5/6-day (36 hours)

Group size: 12 Candidates per 1 Trainer/Assessor

Assessment method: 

The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment

  • Theory Assessment for all 3 sections

  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment

Pre-requisite: 

  • Jump or 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 of a pool unaided without using a ladder or steps

Suggested progression:

  • recommended ongoing training;

  • mandatory requalification training every two years;

Course Prices

Price per person at our venue:

£CALL (ex VAT)

Price per group at your venue:

£CALL (ex VAT)

Further Information

Duration: 5/6-day (36 hours)

Group size: 12 Candidates per 1 Trainer/Assessor

Assessment method: 

The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment

  • Theory Assessment for all 3 sections

  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment

Pre-requisite: 

  • Jump or 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 of a pool unaided without using a ladder or steps

Suggested progression:

  • recommended ongoing training;

  • mandatory requalification training every two years;

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