National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Duration – 36-39.5 hrs contact time

Certificate valid for 2 years

The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland that complies with the industry guidance. On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard nationwide.

The RLSS UK NPLQ is not just a qualification it can be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry.

The NPLQ and associated courses are administered by IQL UK Ltd, a trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society.

SECTION 1.  The Lifeguard, Swimming Pool and Supervision

SECTION 2.  Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plan

SECTION 3 CPR, AED and First Aid

The NPLQ is awarded upon successful completion of all sections following assessment on all subjects. The course comprises of physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a practical in-water and out-of-water assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR and lifesaving skills. IS-Training courses can include the bolt-on AED & Anaphylaxis  qualification and the QA Level 3 First Aid at Work (RQF) qualification.

The qualification is nationally recognised and is incorporated on the Qualifications Framework at Level 2. 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.

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

  •  Be 16 years of age;
  •  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 at its deepest point
  •  Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits

This course is delivered on site at the clients venue and requires a minimum of 4 participants. IS+Training is unable to supply the venue so unable to deliver this course to individuals. Group bookings with access to a swimming pool and sites that are an RLSS Approved Training Centre only.