National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
The Royal Life Saving Society’s NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. More than 46,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK course every year, and there are currently more than 90,000 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.
***OFFER from 26th September 2023 until 25th October 2023 – Contact me or call 07852998963 for more details***
Upcoming NPLQ courses:
30th October – 3rd November 2023 (Held at Leeds Grammar School, Leeds) – FULLY BOOKED
18th – 22nd December 2023 (Held at Woodhouse Grove School, Calverley) – SPACES AVAILABLE
To book onto the course:
To book onto this course, please complete the following form in total and then I will be in touch to arrange payment.
Course Pre-Requisites for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
Every candidate attending a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course must be 16-years-old or above 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
What is it like being a lifeguard?
Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours, which can easily fit around other commitments, the experience of working within a team, and the opportunity to progress within the leisure industry – most leisure managers start as pool lifeguards.
- An excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry
- Opportunity for career progression as most leisure managers start as Pool Lifeguards
- Varied working hours
- Work within a team
- The NPLQ is recognized around the world, so potential to work and travel
- A great way for students to fund studies
- Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR
About the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
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 National Pool Lifeguard Qualification are in three sections, and candidates must successfully pass all to attain the qualification.
About the assessment
Assessment for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification 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.
NPLQ accredited details with Ofqual and qualification specification
National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the marketing name for Ofqual Register titles – RLSS UK Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision, and Rescue (NPLQ Generation 9) or RLSS UK Qualifications Level 3 Award in Pool Lifeguarding (NPLQ Gen 10).
In July 2023, NPLQ Gen 10 launched, NPLQ Generation 9 will be available until 31 December 2023, after that time all new NPLQ qualifications and renewals will be required to be NPLQ Gen 10. All my lifeguard courses are now Gen 10.
NPLQ Gen 10
RLSS UK Qualifications Level 3 Award in Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (Qualification number: 610/2603/7, COO Number: COO/4788/7)
Note: the minimum number of credits required to achieve a ’pass’ = 5 credits
This qualification comprises the following units:
- Unit 1 – Swimming Pool Safety Operation and Supervision (F/650/6714 – credit value = 2)
- Unit 2 – Pool Lifeguard Emergency Rescue Skills (L/650/6709 – credit value = 1)
- Unit 3 – First Aid, Illness and Injury Management in a Pool Environment (D/650/6713 – credit value = 2)