RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Course overvew

The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland that complies with the industry guidance contained within the HSE publication ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’. The NPLQ is not only a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs, from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager, but is also international recognised.

The course comprises physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a practical in-water and out-of-water assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR and lifesaving skills.

Pre-requisite experience:

Be 16 years of age at the time of taking the NPLQ assessment.

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

Duration:

5 days

Qualifications:

RLSS UK National Pool Lifguard

Assessment

Continual assessment throughout the course

What’s included:

Lunch

Course Content

Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the NPLQ.

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,  and First Aid

Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Element 2 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
Element 2 – First Aid

Notes

The NPLQ is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and a further 20 hours of ongoing training and competency assessment must be completed before a lifeguard can renew their qualification prior to the expiry of their existing award.