National Pool Lifeguard Training Course (NPLQ)

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    National Pool Lifeguard Qualification Courses.

    Covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR
    Full information, dates and venues below


Course content

The National Pool Lifegard Qualification course 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.

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

About the assessment

Assessment for the NPLQ 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 assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Theory Assessment for all 3 sections
  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment

Course Dates and Venues

Trinity Sports & Leisure, Chilton Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3JA:

  • 28 October – 2 November 2019
  • 6 – 10 April 2020
  • 27 – 31 July 2020

Torrington Pool, School Lane, Torrington, Torridge, EX38 7AJ:

  • 17 - 21 February 2020

Holsworthy Leisure Centre, Well Park, Western Road, Holsworthy, Torridge, EX22 6DH:

  • 20 - 24 July 2020

Dorchester Sports Centre, Coburg Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HR:

  • 17 - 21 February 2020
  • 3 - 7 August 2020

The course will typically run from 9am to 5pm on each day


£199 per person.

What’s being a lifeguard like?

Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which you can easily fit around your other commitments, working within a team and there’s also the opportunity to progress your career within the leisure industry as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards.


  • 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 to book

To book your place please call 03 300 58 1610 or email

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