Details of our Lifeguard training

Lifeguarding can be a fun, rewarding career and for many it is a valuable life-skill. Many University students enjoy lifeguarding as a way to earn whilst studying, however it can also be utilised as a step to progress within the leisure industry.

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We are proud our our successful pass rates, which can only be achieved through a joint commitment between the trainer and students. Contact us today, to find out if you have what it takes to become a professional Lifeguard.


I’m not saying the course was easy, but the trainer really helped us to pick everything up quickly and gave us time to learn at our own pace

We offer professional Lifeguard training for small or large groups, public from leisure centres to small private pools and from young inexperienced rookies to refresher training for experienced Lifeguards.

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National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

The Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) is the national governing body for Lifesaving and Lifeguarding and the leading drowning prevention organisation in the UK. The RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland and is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs within the leisure industry from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. This qualification is also recognised internationally so you can use it at a number of places abroad if you are thinking of working in summer camps.

The NPLQ course duration is 36 hours and is split over 3 units; The course comprises of physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a practical in-water and out-of-water assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR and lifesaving skills.

The qualification is internationally recognised and is incorporated on the Qualifications Framework at Level 2. The NPLQ is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and a further 20 hours of on-going training and competency assessment must be completed before a lifeguard can renew their qualification prior to the expiry of their existing award.

Pre Requisites

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

  • Be 16 years of age at the time of taking the NPLQ assessment;
  • 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

National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches

This course assists those with responsibility for supervising swimming groups and activities identify hazards, prevent accidents and take appropriate emergency action where required. This course is accredited by Lifesavers and the Royal Lifesaving Society and is recognised by Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Swimming Teachers Association (STA), Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) and the Institute of Swimming Teachers and Coaches (ISTC)

The course is aimed at anyone who teaches or coaches programmed swimming activities and would also benefit any prospective swimming teachers. You do not require any previous lifesaving experience to train for this award but you must confidently be able to swim 20 metres on your front and back and be able to learn a variety of skills.

Emergency Response (Pool)

The Emergency Response Pool programme is designed to assist designated staff to respond to an emergency within the swimming pool environment when an alarm has been raised. The Emergency Responder can be any member of the facility called upon to rescue and provide first aid.

ER-Pool is also a suitable qualification to back up and support the lifeguard team. In addition, this qualification is an excellent foundation for becoming a lifeguard and completing the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

The ER-Pool programme is designed for use in small pools no greater than 1.5m in depth such as a health club or hotel pool.

On-going additional Lifeguard Training

We can provide additional NPLQ training as recommended by the RLSS/ IQL for lifeguards who need to top up their training hours or require a renewal or competency assessment.