RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

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 RQF as a Level 2 certificate called IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue.

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 Surface dive to 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 3 compulsory units:

 1 Swimming Pool Safety Operation and Supervision
 2 Pool Lifeguard Emergency Rescue Skills
 3 First Aid, Illness and Injury Management in a Pool Environment

There are a number of optional units that can be included within the NPLQ qualification subject to additional training and assessment time


  A minimum of 36 hours plus assessment, which is usually spread over 5 days. There is though flexibility to accommodate specific group requirements.


  This qualification is assessed by trainers ongoing assessment
  Final independent assessment of theoretical knowledge through multiple choice question paper and practical skills.
  Candidates must complete the required training hours to be eligible for final assessment
  Candidate must complete all activities and revision questions in the Lifeguard manual


  A National Pool Lifeguard Qualification certificate, valid for 24 months will be issued to the candidate on successful completion of the final independent assessment.

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