National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

The internationally recognised Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS UK) National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is not only a qualification that will train you to become a Pool Lifeguard but can also be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry. This course requires a minimum of 36 hours, excluding assessment (up to 4 hours) over 5 days and requires 100% attendance. In order to perform lifeguard duties candidates must be physically fit, have good vision and hearing, be mentally alert and self-disciplined*. The course will be delivered using a variety of methods including:

• PowerPoint Presentations
• Flip Chart Exercises
• Guided Group Discussions
• Guided Group Activities
• Practical Demonstrations and Training

The NPLQ certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of successful pass of the assessment.

Topics Covered:
The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguard Theory, First Aid, CPR, also to include the new Pool Extraction Board (PXB). The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the pool. For full details on the courses content and to view RLSS UK policies, please visit:

You are required to bring the following items to the course:

• Photographic Identification (must be shown to the trainer on the first day of the course)
• Swimming costume
• Towel
• Shorts and t-shirt to be worn in the water
• Pen / pencil

Some of the days will include water work on more than one occasion and candidates may prefer to bring two sets of towels, shorts and t-shirts.

Course Assessment:
The course syllabus and practical skills are continually assessed by the course trainer and a suitable level competence must be achieved to be put forward for a final independent assessment. The assessment will include Theory timed question paper, practical demonstrations of water rescue skills, CPR and First Aid.

If you have any questions prior to the start of the course, please feel free to contact your course trainer using the details below.

Lifeguard Course Prerequisites  

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

Stephane Chambrelan
0115 9173 735

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31st July 2023 to 16th February 2024


08:30 to 17:30


Kimberley Gym & Swim
Newdigate Street
NG16 2NJ

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0115 9173366