National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification enables you to work as a qualified Lifeguard. It can be a stepping stone to a career in the leisure industry.

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Who is it for?

Anyone over the age of 16 looking to work in or volunteer in the leisure industry. This qualification is also accepted by Camp America and British Universities North America Club (BUNAC) for their summer camp projects.

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in no more 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 ladders/steps and where pool design permits
  • 100% attendance on the course dates
What will I learn?

You will learn the skills and theoretical knowledge to be a lifeguard working in today’s exciting, yet demanding leisure industry. For the duration of the course you will be either in the pool or the classroom.

What qualifications or certificates will I receive?

Once you have successfully completed the 40 hours of training and the assessment, you will receive a certificate from the RLSS and will be a qualified lifeguard for 2 years.

How will I be assessed?

The  NPLQ assessment assesses your skills in 4 areas:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Theory assessment
  • First aid assessment
  • CPR assessment
Where can I go from here?

The NPLQ is a level 2 qualification on the qualifications framework. It allows you to work on within the leisure industry as a qualified Lifeguard. It is an internationally recognised qualification.


£245 per person.

2022 course dates

All courses are held from 8.30am to 5.30pm and cost £240 per person and held at Broughton Leisure Centre.

Course Date Assessment Date
Monday 21 to Saturday 26 February 2022 26 February 2022
Monday 29 May to Saturday 4 June 2022 4 June 2022
Monday 25 to Saturday 30 July 2022 30 July 2022
Monday 8 to Saturday 13 August 2022 13 August 2022
Monday 24 to Saturday 29 October 2022 29 October 2022
How to book

Please complete a booking form and forward electronically to