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    National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

    The next course begins on 22nd October 2018.

    Only 1 place left on the October Half Term course!    

    The NPLQ is widely accepted at swimming pools in both in UK and Ireland as the premier pool lifeguard qualification for the leisure industry.  RLSS UK’s National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is internationally recognised, which means you can travel and keep working as a pool lifeguard around the world! 

    Over 33,000 lifeguards gain the qualification every year and it is generally seen as the best pool lifeguard qualification in the world, offering skills that can be used throughout life.  Lifeguarding offers a great, rewarding and potentially long-term career in leisure. Working as a lifeguard is often the first step at the start of a career in the industry.

    It is not a lonely job as you never work alone, you could be part of a team of 3 to 8 lifeguards depending on the size of the pool/leisure centre. You will meet and work with new people from fellow lifeguards to customers.  

    As a lifeguard you will make new friends amongst your work colleagues and customers. You will also gain peoples respect from working in a responsible job. Lifeguards are the everyday hero of the leisure centre.

    Being a lifeguard is the ideal qualification for students wishing to work during their school/university term and travel during the holiday. It can also a very flexible job, Leisure Centres often open from 6.00 am - 11.30pm so lifeguards can  often choose when they want to work.

    During your lifeguard training you have to learn CPR and First Aid. CPR and First Aid are great skills to have under your belt and ones you can add to your CV! They are also essential life skills that may come in handy and possibly be needed to save someone’s life.

    The NPLQ qualification is valid for two years and provided the holder continues to work and attend training during this time they can renew the qualification for as little as £20.00. Many leisure centres  and  swimming pools pay for their staff to renew the qualification.  A lifeguard must train at least once a month and have 20 hours of training sessions verified by an IQL trainer in order to renew their qualification.

    All our courses are taught by  professional trainers who have extensive experience in their field and work in the leisure industry. 

    The current price for this NPLQ is only £250.00 including text book and examination fee. 

    Click on the RLSS video below to find out more about the job.


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    Our next course will take place in the October Half Term: 22-26 October 2018.

    Attendance must be 100% in order to take the exam. Time exemptions may apply to holders of the following awards:

    • Current RLSS UK National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (12 hours)
    • Current HSE Approved First Aid at Work or Occupational First Aid Certificate (9 hours)
    • Current STA NARS (PL) Qualification (9 hours)

    Candidates who wish to claim exemption MUST provide the course trainer with the original certificate(s).

    NPLQ requirements are that you must be:

    • 16 years old on the day of the exam
    • Friendly and outgoing
    • Have excellent communication skills
    • Fit and healthy
    • Responsible
    • Willing to work hard
    • 100% attendance on the course
    • Able to swim 50 metres in under a minute
    • Able to swim 100m without pausing
    • Able to swim 100m on your back without pausing
    • Able to dive from the surface of the water to a depth greater than 1.5 metres.

    The course is examined by both an internal and external assessor. The NPLQ exam consists of a number of modules which a candidate must pass to qualify as a lifeguard.  There is currently no written exam both for the NPLQ or the FAW. Examination is by a series of oral questions and practical demonstrations by the candidates to both the internal and external examiners.  

    If you would like to join the course please download the enrolment form below and return it to the pool together with payment. Kimbolton School Swimming Pool accepts either debit/credit cards or cheques. Cheques should be made payable to 'Kimbolton School'. 

    Bookings can also be taken by phone, payment has to be taken at the time using either a Debit/credit Card.

    NPLQ Enquiries and Bookings

    Pool Reception

    01480 862276