National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is recognised throughout the UK and Ireland. On completion of the course you will be able to work as a pool lifeguard nationwide. The qualification is also a great stepping stone into a job in the leisure industry.
Our NPLQ courses are delivered over 36 hours in one week intensive courses and include AED (defibrillator) qualification. Monday – Friday you will learn the physical and theoretical sections of the course and be assessed on the Saturday. If successful you will be awarded a NPLQ qualification (level 2) valid for 2 years.

The qualification is internationally recognised and is incorporated on the Qualifications Framework at Level 2. The NPLQ is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and a further 20 hours of on-going training and competency assessment must be completed before a lifeguard can renew their qualification prior to the expiry of their existing award.


  • Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry
  • Opportunity for career progression, as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards
  • Varied working hours
  • Work within a team
  • The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel
  • Great way for students to fund studies
  • Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR


Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must:

  • Be 16 years of age;
  • Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:-
  • Jump / dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool at its deepest point
  • Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits

Costs: Adult £240 Concession £200

Keep Active Fitness Course

Designed for over 60’s, keep yourself fit in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Fight against those aches and pains to help with everyday movements.

Cost: £60 – 12 week course

Keep Active Swimming Course

Designed for over 60’s, learn to swim or simply enjoy a casual swim and socialise during this session, which is supervised by a swimming instructor.

Cost: £60 – 12 week course

Book your place!

To reserve your place on any of the above courses please contact us on 01256 418301 or email