National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

The Royal Life Saving NPLQ course is the most widely recognised qualification in the UK and is also recognised Internationally. 

Who is this class for?

This course is aimed at Candidates over 16 years who would like to work as a Lifeguard, or anyone wanting to start a career in the Leisure Industry.

What will you learn?

This course involves a minimum of 36 hours training.  It determines a candidates knowledge, understanding and application of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and of their ability in a range of lifesaving skills as they relate to emergency situations that could happen in any pool.

The training and assessment are divided into three sections:

Section 1          The Lifeguard

Section 2          Intervention, Rescueand Emergency Action Plan

Section 3          CPR, AED and First Aid



  • Must be 16 years of age prior to assessment

  • Complete a minimum of 38 contact hours of theory and practical training

  • Be able to meet basic fitness criteria:

  1. Jump/dive into deep water

  2. Swim 50 metres in no more than 60 seconds

  3. Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back

  4. In deep water tread water for 30 seconds

  5. Surface dive to the floor of the pool

  6. Climb out of pool unaided without ladder/steps


Next Course Dates

Chinthurst School

8th - 12th July





"Tough but fun!"

“This was a tough intense course, but it was very interesting and Sam made it fun to learn.  I enjoyed the practical side of learning and the real life dummies”

— L.H.

"Ready for an Emergency!"

“I have wanted to be a lifeguard for ages and Can't wait to start my new job!  We had a really fun course and everyone joined in and got on well making it much easier to learn. Sam is friendly and good fun and creates a fun atmosphere to learn ”

— L.K.

“Needed an International qualification”

"I have worked as a lifeguard in France for many years but wanted to travel so needed this international qualification.  I loved coming over to England and doing this course, I learnt new information and techniques and made some lovely friends, Thanks for you help Sam!!xx"

— M.D



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