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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 £260 per person which must be paid prior to the course starting. To book any one of the courses below telephone 028 7963 2796 or email

Current course availability


Course details

Greenvale Leisure Centre

Course One: Monday 24 July to Friday 28 July 2023
(Assessment: Sunday 30 July 2023)

Course Two: Monday 7 August to Friday 11 Aug 2023
(Assessment: Sunday 13 August) 

Time: 8am to 4pm each day

Dungannon Leisure Centre 
Course One: Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 2023
(Assessment: Saturday 8 July 2023)

Course Two: Sunday 6 August to Thursday 10 August 2023
(Assessment: Friday 11 August 2023)

Time: 9am to 5pm each day 

Cookstown Leisure Centre 

Course One: Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 2023
(Assessment: Saturday 8 July 2023)

Course Two: Monday 14 August to Friday 18 August 2023
(Assessment: Friday 19 August 2023) 

Time: 9am to 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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