How do I become a Lifeguard

How do I become a lifeguard?

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 NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK every year, and there are currently more than 80,000 pool lifeguards qualified in the NPLQ – 95% of all UK pool lifeguards.  

RLSS UK is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA in Northern Ireland.


What is it like being a lifeguard?

  • Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours, which can easily fit around other commitments, the experience of working within a team, and the opportunity to progress within the leisure industry - most leisure managers start as pool lifeguards.


What does the course Involve?

  • The NPLQ course requires a minimum of 36 hours of training and 100% attendance. Courses usually run over consecutive days, midweek from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm. Some venues may vary days and hold the end assessment on a weekend. The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course includes swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Upon completion of training, the NPLQ is assessed by an independent assessor. The assessment will include multiple-choice question papers, practical demonstrations of water rescue skills, CPR and First Aid. Upon qualifying, the NPLQ certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.


What are the Benefits of becoming a Lifeguard?


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



How much does it cost?

  • The cost is £275 but you initially  need to pay £25 for the pre rec which will be deducted from the full cost.


How do I book ?


  • Call our Customer Service Team on 01484 766131 option 5 to book.


What are the dates of the courses?


  • 29th November – 3rd December – Assessment 5th Dec 2021


  • 13th – 17th December – Assessment 19th Dec 2021


  • Over 3 weekends 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th   December & 22nd January – Assessment 23rd January 2022


  • Over 3 weekends 29th, 30th January & 5th, 6th, 12th February – Assessment 13th February 2022



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