Lifeguard Training


National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), First aid at work (FAW) & Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Course Details

The course syllabus is split into three sections:

Section 1 – The Lifeguard, Swimming Pool and Supervision

Section 2 – Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plan

Section3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, First Aid and AED

The course will include continual assessment of understanding of the syllabus and practical skills. Candidates must demonstrate competence in all aspects of the syllabus to be put forward to the end of course assessment, taken by an independent assessor. Any candidates who fail to pass all elements of the assessment will have 28 days to retake failed elements. Further fees will be chargeable for any additional support, training and assessments.

This course is a minimum of 39.5 hours plus assessment and attendance at all sessions is compulsory.

Following the assessment, the qualification will remain valid for 2 years. You can then retake the assessment providing that you have attended regular staff training in the workplace during the 2 year period.

NPLQ Course Entry Requirements

Prior to enrolling on a course, the RLSS requires that you meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate that you are fit and healthy
  • Jump or dive into deep water
  • Swim 50m in under 60 seconds
  • Swim 100m continuously on your front, followed by 100m on your back
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool
  • Climb out of the pool unaided
  • You must be 16 years or over on the day of the assessment (Usually the last day of the course).


Upcoming NPLQ Courses:


23rd to 28th July 2018 – Knutsford

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23rd to 28th July 2018 – Sandbach

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30th July to 4th August 2018 – Poynton

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6th to 11th August 2018 – Macclesfield

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13th to 18th August 2018 – Macclesfield

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22nd to 27th October 2018 – Sandbach

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10th to 25th November 2018 (weekends) – Crewe Lifestyle Centre

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RLSS Trainer/Assessor Course

This course leads to the RLSS UK NPLQ Trainer Assessors qualification (Includes PXB)

Structure: The course involves delivery from course staff together with group work by the delegates on all aspects of the NPLQ syllabus including CPR, AED, First Aid and Spinal cord injury management. You must complete the first three day Core module to continue onto a NPLQ Specialism (other specialisms are availble to bolt onto your qualification)

This course will follow the following structure

Core Units

Day 1- Training RLSS UK qualifications

Day 2-Assessing RLSS UK qualifications

Day 3-CPR and AED

NPLQ Specialism

Day 4-Training NPLQ

Day 5 Assessing NPLQ

Day 6 PXB

Assessment:  The course involves ongoing assessment including a number of observed lessons delivered by the delegates to a smaller group, with positive, constructive and supportive feedback. These lessons will be notified to you immediately after the closing date by email (which includes attachments; please indicate if your email account / organisation’s servers prevent attachments reaching your email account).

What happens after the course? Successful delegates undertake a moderation period under the supervision of a Mentor, which includes the delivery of a full NPLQ course and the assessment of NPLQ candidates. This period must not exceed two years.

Course Pre-requisites: To attend this course you must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age,
  • have personal current membership of Lifesavers (Tel 01789 773994 and pay by credit card quoting your society number to join) and
  • Hold the qualification for the specialism you are attending (e.g. NPLQ if attending NPLQ specialism)

A swimming teacher’s qualification is NOT a pre-requisite.

Support: A full range of support materials will be provided to help you through the course and after you have completed the course. There will also be support provided by the tutor.

Training Aids: We have a range of equipment for use during the course including generic teaching aids such as whiteboard / flip pad, digital projector and laptop so your lessons may be prepared using any of these. We will also have a full range of manikins and pool rescue equipment available, including spine board, torpedo buoys and throw bags.

Personal Equipment: Delegates should ensure that they bring the following to the course:

  • pen and notebook
  • swimwear and t-shirt, shorts for the pool sessions.
  • A stopwatch for ‘assessment’ sessions will be useful.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be provided throughout the period of the course. There is a café on site.

Upcoming RLSS Trainer Courses:

23rd to 28th July 2018 – Macclesfield

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