Eric Liddell Sports Centre

Lifeguard Courses

Details on our RLSS National Lifeguard Qualification

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Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry.

Become a qualified swimming pool lifeguard

The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Combining theoretical work and practical training, you will become a fully accredited pool lifeguard, learning key life skills – first aid, CPR and rescue techniques and gain an internationally recognised lifeguard qualification. The NPLQ course duration is 37.5 hours training + up to 3 hours assessment with an integrated element - AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training. Our course also combines the First Aid at Work qualification which is a 3 days course in its own entirety. 

The RLSS UK NPLQ is not just a qualification, it can be a stepping-stone into a career within the leisure industry.   As a lifeguard you will be able to provide an amazing service to the public. You will, without doubt make people feel confident, happier and safer in the water by being on poolside. 

Not only will you have to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard, but you’ll be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter.

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The next NPLQ Training Course with FAW and AED is: 


NPLQ with First Aid at Work & AED


Monday 21st - Friday 25th October 2019


08:30 – 17:00


£270 includes manual and assessment fee

Full payment required at time of booking


How to book

Or for more information please call or 0208 851 9111 or email

To download a enrolment form please click here 

Candidate Information

Candidates must be 16 years of age on the day of assessment.

The course covers both units of the assessment; the principals of lifesaving and swimming pool supervision (theory) and the application of supervision and rescue (practice).   

In addition (where indicated) the course will cover the use of AED and/or First Aid at Work Certificate.

In order to apply for the course, you must first be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria: 

  • Jump / dive into deep water 
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds 
  • Swim 100 meters continuously on your front and back in deep water 
  • Tread water for 30 seconds 
  • Surface dive to the bottom of the pool (min of 1.5 metres) 
  • Climb out of the pool unaided without steps / ladders and where the pool design permits.



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