Courses leading to RLSS UK qualifications

This page contains information on all of the RLSS Lifeguarding and Lifesaving qualifications that Survive and Save Training offer.

For course dates and bookings go to the course diary

Survive and Save Training currently deliver courses and programmes of learning leading:

  National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)
  Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor

Survive and Save Training are able to facilitate other lifesaving qualifications that are available subject to demand - these include:

  Lifesaving Instructor
  AED Trainer Assessor
  AED User
  Lifesaving Assistant Instructor
  Rookie Instructor

If you are interested in any of these qualifications contact us



National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

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 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.

The qualification has 3 compulsory units and a fourth optional unit:

 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

To enrol on the course candidates must be able to achieve the following

  Be at least 16 years old on the date of the assessment
  Complete a swim test consisting of:
    o Jump or dive into deep water
    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

This qualification is assessed by trainers ongoing assessment and a final independent assessment of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.



National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)

This award qualifies those swimming teachers and coaches to supervise 'programmed' activities. This is the minimum qualification to be able to supervise swimmers whilst under their direct teaching / coaching. This qualification compliments our programme of ASA Teaching Aquatics and Coaching qualifications and is highly recommended for anyone involved in teaching or coaching swimmers.

This award is also suitable to Lifesaving Instructors and Lifeguard Trainer Assessors to supervise activities during programmed classes and training.

The course will cover

  The teacher, swimming pools and class management
  Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action
  CPR and First Aid

This course can also be combined with the Emergency First Aid at Work and AED qualifications subject to suitable course duration

To enrol on the course candidates must be able to achieve the following:

New Candidates:

  Be at least 16 years old on the date of the assessment
  Swim 50 metres
  Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool where training
  Climb out of the pool without help and without using steps or ladders

Renewal Candidates:

  Be at least 16 years old on the date of the assessment
  Hold an in-date NRASTC at the point of assessment
  Swim 50 metres
  Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool where training
  Climb out of the pool without help and without using steps or ladders

Ideally candidates will also hold at least a Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) or coaching qualification. This award is also suitable to Lifesaving Instructors and Lifeguard Trainer Assessors to supervise activities during programmed classes and training.

This qualification is assessed by a final independent assessment of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills at the end of the course.



Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor

This course is designed to train experienced lifeguards who to train and assess the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

The course is 5 days in duration and has four modules.

  Train the Trainer
  Train the Assessor
  CPR and First Aid
  8th Edition National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

All the modules must be successfully completed to become a Probationary Trainer Assessor

To enrol on the course candidates must:

  Be at least 18 years old at the start of the course
  Hold a current NPLQ
  Be in current individual membership of RLSS

This qualification is assessed by the trainer through ongoing assessment and successful completion of 2 presentations.

Following successful completion of the course and presentations the candidate will be appointed a mentor to work with them during their probationary period. During the probationary period the Probationary Trainer Assessor will be required to train a group of lifeguards for the NPLQ and present them for assessment and then be moderated whilst assessing a group of NPLQ candidates for their qualification.

It must be noted that this qualification does not qualify the Trainer Assessor to deliver or assess the AED bolt on to the NPLQ qualification. The RLSS AED Trainer Assessor qualification can be run as part of this qualification as day 6 or as a separate 1-day course.

For more information about the RLSS courses:

RLSS NPLQ course information
RLSS NRASTC course information
RLSS Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor course information


 

"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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