Course List 2024

Monday 8th April to Friday 12th April 0730-1600 with assessment booked for Sunday 14th April (Timings TBC).
Early booking offer £250.00 or £270.00 from 1st March 2024

Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July 0730-1600 with assessment booked for Sunday 28th July (Timings TBC).
Early booking offer £250.00 or £270.00 from 1st June 2024

Course requires 100% attendance.

Please register with the RLSS – Tahdah and provide the number on the course form

We strongly recommend that all candidates spend at least 6 weeks before the course swimming regularly at least twice a week, so as to ensure they have reached the fitness level required to complete the timed swim elements of the syllabus.

What is it like to be a Lifeguard?

Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which you can easily fit around your other commitments, working within a team and there’s also the opportunity to progress your career within the leisure industry as most Leisure Managers start off as Pool Lifeguards.


  • 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

Lifeguard course pre-requisites:

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:

  • 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
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits

The candidate must be able to complete the above at the time of signing the form and booking a space. Failure to perform the above on day 1 of the course may result in the candidate being being asked to leave the course. In this circumstance, all bookings fees will be retained by the Training Centre.

Course content:

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool 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, AED and First Aid
Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Element 2 – First Aid
Element 3 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)

All elements of the course syllabus must be attended. Non attendances on the course learning will result in the candidate failing to meet the required learning to be able to be assessed.

Candidates can expect to do between 10 & 12 hours personal study at home throughout the course, in the form of set homework questions from the manual.


Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.

The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Theory Assessment for all 3 sections
  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment