The RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded qualification in the United Kingdom and is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs within the leisure industry. This course enables candidates to become a fully qualified lifeguard and students will learn CPR, rescue techniques, first aid including AED and Anaphylaxis as well as lifeguarding health and safety.
The NPLQ, AED + Anaphylaxis course requires a minimum of 39 hours (5 days) training and requires 100% attendance. The course will be delivered using a variety of methods including:
- PowerPoint Presentations
- Flip Chart Exercises
- Guided Group Discussions and Activities
- Practical Demonstrations and Training
The NPLQ, AED and Management of Anaphylaxis qualifications are valid for 2 years from the date of successful completion of the course.
The courses are open to both Sports Centre members and non-members at the following prices:
Sports Centre Member: £210.00 (including course manual)
Sports Centre Non-Member: £230.00 (including course manual)
A minimum deposit of £60.00 is required at the time of booking. Full course payment is required 2 weeks prior to the course start date.
Upcoming Course Dates
NPLQ + AED + Management of Anaphylaxis
St Mary's Calne Sports Centre, SN11 0DF
- Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry
- Opportunity for career progression, as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards
- Varied working hours
- Work within a team
- The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel
- Great way for students to fund studies
- Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR
How do I become a lifeguard?
Lifeguard Course Pre-Requisites
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 covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.
Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision
Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law
Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision
Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
Element 1 – Intervention and Rescue
Element 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
Element 3 – Emergency Action Plan
Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid
Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Element 2 – First Aid
Element 3 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
Section 4 - Management of Anaphylaxis
Including - Assessment, Recognising a casualty with anaphylaxis and using an adrenaline auto-injector.
About the assessment
Assessment for the NPLQ qualification takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.
The Basic Life Support and the Management of Anaphylaxis qualification is trainer assessed throughout the course and the assessment should determine a candidate’s ability to act safely, promptly and effectively to deal with a casualty suffering from anaphylaxis.
Automated External Defibrillator qualification is trainer assessed throughout the course and the assessment should determine a candidate’s ability to act safely, promptly and effectively to deal with a casualty suffering a cardiac arrest.
The assessment is split into three sections:
- Practical pool assessment
- Theory Assessment for all 3 sections
- Practical First Aid, CPR, AED and Anaphylaxis assessment