RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification


There are loads of great rea​sons to become a lifeguard......

  • First and foremost you would be providing an amazing public service and could potentially save a life. 
  • Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry. 
  • The opportunity to get fit and stay fit, with regular monthly training. 
  • You get to work with a team of like minded people, so there’s plenty of opportunity to increase your social circle! 
  • The hours are flexible and perfect for those of you who need to fit studying into your busy days. 
  • Lastly but still very importantly, you will gain a skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life.


​What will you need to do to get on the course?

Every candidate must attend a pool test and meet the following criteria:
  • Be 16 years of age by the day of assessment.
  • Jump / dive into deep water.
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds.
  • Swim 100 metres on front and 100 metres on back continuously.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool.
  • Climb out of pool unaided without ladder or steps and where the pool design permits.
  • Complete a medical questionnaire.

So what’s involved in the NPLQ?

It's a 36 hour course, with an additional 1.5 hours for AED and 100% attendance is required.

The course will include the following;
  • The Lifeguard, Swimming Pools and Supervision.
  • Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plan.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid.
  • Ending in a practical assessment where you will demonstrate all the skills and knowledge you have learned.

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