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RLSS Lifeguard

The RLSS Lifeguard qualification is recognised nationally. This qualification gives you the opportunity to work as a lifeguard in any pool throughout the United Kingdom.

The next course will be starting on the 24th July 2024 at 6:00pm, should you wish to register your interest for this course please contact Katherine Picken by email at or at

Forms are available from the reception desk.


Course Overview:

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. The NPLQ requires a minimum of 36 hours (5 days) training 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 completion of the course.


Topics Covered:

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguard 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 pool. Approved prior learning can be applied upon proof of certification, please ask your trainer for further details.


Course Assessment:

The NPLQ 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 a multiple choice question paper, practical demonstrations of water rescue skills, CPR and First Aid skills.





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