National Pool Lifeguard


Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in two units:

Unit 1

The Principles of Lifesaving and Swimming Pool Supervision Assessment for Unit 1 takes place at the conclusion of a training course for a minimum of 31 hours for new candidates. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard. Your ability is assessed in a range of lifesaving skills which enable you to deal with common emergency situations in pools.

Unit 1 comprises four elements:-

The principles of pool lifeguarding;Water rescue skills, including times swim rescues, conscious and unconscious casualties; CPR skills on adult, child and infant; First Aid, where you will demonstrate a knowledge of selected first aid conditions and advising on poolside treatment.

Unit 2

The Application of Supervision and Rescue in a Swimming Pool Unit 2 is continually assessed over a minimum 7 hours training. It determines your ability to apply the Unit 1 skills and knowledge in a work-related environment as they would apply in a swimming pool.

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is awarded upon successful completion of both units. You must successfully complete both Units of the assessment within a 6 month period. All elements of Unit 1 must be successfully assessed within a 28 day period, and for renewal candidates, within the period of validity of your existing qualification.

What will you need to do to get the NPLQ?

Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must:

  • Be 16 years of age

Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:-

  • 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

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