NPLQ Lifeguard Course

The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most widely recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is a requirement for a number of jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager

To take part in this course you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 16 years of age prior to assessment
  • Complete a minimum of 36 contact hours of theory and practical training prior to assessment
  • Complete exercises in 'The Lifeguard' manual
  • Swim 50m in less than one minute
  • Swim 100m continuously on your front then 100m on your back
  • Tread water in deep water for more than 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool
  • Climb out of the pool unaided

Course structure

NPLQ is delivered over five days -

Your days will be a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions. Assessment will be on the last day of the course via a practical and verbal exam.