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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 training.

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 AED is: 

Course  NPLQ (Generation 9)
Venue North Berwick Sports Centre
Dates Sat 1st & Sun 2nd,  Sat 8th & Sun 9th, Sat 15th February 2020
Time  8:15am - 5:15pm 
 All sessions must be attended in full. 

 £250.00  includes manual and assessment fee. 
 Full payment required at the time of booking.


Payment is required in full at the time of booking.

Please contact North Berwick Sports Centre on 01620 820730


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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