RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Lifeguard Courses with ICON Training the UK #1 Lifeguard Course Provider. If you are interested in a Lifeguard Training Course a career in the leisure industry the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is an excellent starting point. The majority of managers within leisure centres start off with an NPLQ Course to become Pool Lifeguards and work their way up. Lifeguard shifts can also be a great way for students to gain an income and fund their study programmes. The UK’s NPLQ Course is recognised around the word as the Gold standard Lifeguard Qualification, so it can be great for traveling!


The NPLQ is an internationally recognised qualification, so stands out with all leisure employers.

Course Content

The course is typically delivered over 5 days with an additional assessment day.

During the course you will learn about the role of a Lifeguard, laws around pool safety, emergency action plans, intervention and rescues, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid, plus much more.

Upon successful completion of the NPLQ, the certificate is valid for two years.

Course assessment will take place on the final day and split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Theory verbal question and answer assessment
  • Practical first aid and CPR assessment

The only pre-requisite for this qualification is that you must be a reasonably strong swimmer.

Prior to attending the course, you will be required to undertake a competency assessment where you will need to be able to jump/dive into deep water, swim 50 metres in under 60 seconds, swim 100 metres continuously on front and back, tread water for 30 seconds, surface dive to the floor of the pool and climb out the pool unaided.

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