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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. 

Each course costs £273 per person which must be paid prior to the course starting. To book any one of the courses below contact the relevant centre or email

Current course availability


Course details

Greenvale Leisure Centre

Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July  
(Assessment: Saturday 20 July 2024)

Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August 
(Assessment: Saturday 10 August 2024)

Dungannon Leisure Centre 
Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July  
(Assessment: Saturday 20 July 2024)

Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August 
(Assessment: Saturday 17 August 2024)

Cookstown Leisure Centre 

Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July
(Assessment: Saturday 6 July 2024)

Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August
(Assessment: Saturday 17 August 2024)


  • 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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