National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (inc AED)

Note - A late booking fee will apply to any bookings taken less than 2 weeks prior to the commencement of this course


This is the most widely recognised lifeguard qualification available in the UK and can only be delivered though Approved Training Centres (ATCs).

The NPLQ is a vocational qualification and is on the QCF as a Level 2 certificate called IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue (QCF).

The award qualifies you to provide lifeguard cover in a pool environment during programmed and non-programmed activities.


  At least 16 years of age at the end of the course
  Complete a pre-course swim test
   o Jump or dive into deep water
   o 50 metres swim in under 1 minute
   o 100 metres continuous swim on front and back
   o Tread water for 30 seconds
   o Reach the bottom of the deepest part of the pool
   o Climb out of the pool unassisted

Where it is subsequently found that you are not able meet the pre-requisites of this course we will be unable to refund any fees that have been paid.


This qualification has 4 units. The first 3 are compulsory with the 4th unit being optional:

 1 The Lifeguard and The Law - Swimming Pool Supervision and Operation
 2 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR and First Aid
 3 Intervention, Rescue and Implementing Emergency Action Plans
 4 Safe Use of Automated External Defibrillation - AED Equipment


  A minimum of 36 hours including assessment, which is usually spread over 5 days. There is though flexibility to accommodate specific group requirements.
  An additional 1½ hours is required to include training and assessment of unit 4 - Safe use of automated external defibrillation.


  This qualification is assessed by trainers ongoing assessment
  Final independent assessment of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills of units 1-3.
  Trainer assessment of unit 4

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"Excellent course that made the long journey worthwhile. I enjoyed this course very much and have gained considerable knowledge and understanding." - ASA/UKCC Level 2 Certificate for Teaching Aquatics - February 2012
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