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NPLQ - National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Become a Pool Lifeguard with the RLSS UKs National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.   
The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR.

Participants must complete a swim test prior to acceptance on the course, so telephone us to enrol on this course. 

Current course availability


Course details

Cookstown Leisure Centre
Tel: 028 8676 3853

July assessment:
Saturday 23 July at 9am

August assessment:
22 August at 9am

July Dates:
Monday 18 July
Tuesday 19 July
Wednesday 20 July
Thursday 21 July
Friday 22 July

9am - 6pm each day

August Dates:
Monday 15 August
Tuesday 16 August
Wednesday 17 August
Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August

9am - 6pm each day

Greenvale Leisure Centre
Tel: 028 7963 2796

Saturday 30 July 
Time to be confirmed

Monday 25 July 
Tuesday 26 July
Wednesday 27 July
Thursday 28 July
Friday 29 July

8am – 4pm each day

Dungannon Leisure Centre 
Tel: 028 8772 0370

July Assessment: 
Saturday 9 July 

August Assessment: 
Saturday 27 August
July Dates: 
Monday 4 July
Tuesday 5 July
Wednesday 6 July
Thursday 7 July
Friday 8 July

9am - 5pm each day 

August Dates: 
Monday 22 August
Tuesday 23 August
Wednesday 24 August
Thursday 25 August
Friday 26 August

9am - 5pm each day


  • Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry

  • Opportunity for career progression, as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards

  • Varied working hours

  • Work within a team

  • The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel

  • Great way for students to fund studies

  • Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR

Lifeguard Course Pre-Requisites  

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:

  • 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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