Lifeguard Courses

Lifeguard Courses

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 plus up to 3 hours assessment with an integrated element – AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training. The course also combines the First Aid at Work qualification which is a three day course on its own. 

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 a much-needed service to the public and help make people feel confident, happy and safe in the water. by being poolside. 

You will need to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard and during and after your training you’ll be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter.

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Our next NPLQ training courses with FAAW and AED is: July 2022 – dates tbc

Time: 08:30 – 17:00 each day

Price: £270 includes manual and assessment fee. Full payment of fees is required at the time of booking.

How to book

To book or for more information please call or 0208 851 9111 or email

Candidate Information

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

The course covers both units of the assessment: The principles 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 the First Aid at Work certificate.

In order to apply for the course you must 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.