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The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most widely recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK & Ireland and is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard. It is the highest award in this area of expertise.


You must be 16 years of age before the beginning of the learning programme. To enrol on NPLQ course you must be able to do the following:

  • Swim 50m in less than 1 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
  • Candidates must be over 16 years old, and attendance has to be 100%
  • If you do not turn up or are late for the start of the course, you may be asked to leave

You will need to bring with you:

  • Shorts and T-shirt (to be worn in the water) and a towel
  • Spare towels and sweatshirts, you may feel cold from time to time
  • Poolside clothing i.e. tracksuit, shorts, T shirt poolside shoes (trainers). A professional appearance is required throughout the course
  • Notepad and writing materials
  • Refreshments, see Housekeeping below


We will provide basic refreshments of tea, coffee, squash and treats for coffee time and tea time. You need to bring packed lunch and extra snacks as you will get hungry. We have an open policy in that if you want a drink, tea or coffee, toilet there are no set times and we will arrange with our course participants for breaks and if it seems appropriate take quick breaks. There are no shops nearby and we will not break for long enough for course participants to take time to go shopping for packed lunches. There is a kitchen and a microwave, and you would be welcome to use this facility.


The NPLQ 8th Edition contains 3 Sections and each Section will contain Elements as follows:

Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming pool and Supervision

  • Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law
  • Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
  • Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision

Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans

  • Element 1 – Intervention and Rescue
  • Element 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
  • Element 3 – Emergency Action Plan

Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid

  • Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Element 3 – First Aid

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is awarded upon successful completion of all 3 sections.

The NPLQ is an intensive course, delivered over 6 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.

Here's what Matt had to say about his experience on the course:

I recently attended the Aquarius SC run NPLQ course in the February 2013 half term. It was a one week intensive course and I feel that it has taught me invaluable lessons that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

The course was well structured and gave great focus on the key elements of the role of a lifeguard. Each day we started with a re-cap of the previous day and continuously consolidated our learning of both the theory and practical skills. I found the good balance of theory and practice each day very useful in achieving my aspiration of becoming a qualified lifeguard.

Within a week of passing I had secured my first job interview as a pool lifeguard at a prestige leisure centre in London. The interview was both group and practical based. Before the end of the interview I was offered the role on the spot. The hiring manger was so impressed with the quality of my training, she told me it was the best practical interview they had ever seen.

Thanks Aquarius SC for the high level of training you gave me, I am now a qualified lifeguard, fulfilling my career aspirations at a fantastic leisure centre.

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