National Pool lifeguard Course
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National Pool Lifeguard Course

The NPLQ covers elements of pool rescue techniques lifeguard theory, first aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will including swimming to set times. Lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.
 

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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 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.
  • Ages: 16+

 

Course Duration

The course is normally run over a week intensive period and the assessment taking place on the Saturday

 

Qualifications

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

This course can have additional bolt on awards –

1 - AED – Defib

2 - Anaphylaxis

3 - PXB (Extraction Board)

4 - First Aid at Work

5 - Emergency First at Work
 

About the assessment:

Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course and determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.

The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Theory assessment for all 3 sections
  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment
     
About the renewal:

NPLQ renewal candidates may renew their qualifications within the period of validity of their existing qualification as stated on their certificate. This will include a full assessment of lifeguard knowledge and skills by an independent assessor. Candidates must have access to the most up to date of copy “The Lifeguard” manual prior to assessment.

20 hours of continued professional development within the last two years from the date of the previous assessment covering content from the NPLQ syllabus.

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