National Pool Lifeguard Training

Course Content

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)


  • 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

Pre- Requisites 

Before you book, make sure you meet the course pre-requisites:

  • 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

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Minimum age for taking part is 16 years old.

Training Dates and Cost

Traning will take place at Ponds Forge and will take place between 9.00am - 5.00pm (Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the training taking place). Payment must be made on booking.

  • 26th May - 31st May 2024 - Ponds Forge - £300 per person

  • First part of course - 28th - 30th July and 2nd part of course  1st - 3rd  August 2024 - Springs Leisure Centre - £300 per person

  • 15th August - 20th August 2024 - Ponds Forge - £300 per person

  • 27th October - 1st November 2024 - Ponds Forge - £300 per person

Location - Ponds Forge International Sports Centre