The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland that complies with the industry guidance contained within the HSE publication 'Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools'

Generally, the NPLQ is a recruitment requirement for several jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Duty Manager. On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard.

The course covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool.

​In order to perform lifeguard duties candidates must be physically fit, have good vision and hearing, be mentally alert and self-disciplined*.

*HSE Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG179) Paragraph 148


Candidates must be:

At least 16 years of age at the start of the course.

Able to swim a minimum of 100 metres on their back and front continuously.

Able to swim 50 metres in 60 seconds.

Able to dive to a depth of 3 metres.

Able to swim efficient breaststroke and have some knowledge of sidestroke.
There is an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved. Therefore, it is recommended for learners to have Functional Skills in English pitched at Level 1.

How is the qualification assessed?

Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification. Please note: 100% attendance is also required on the course.

Practical pool assessment

Theory Assessment (exam) for all 3 sections

Practical First Aid & CPR assessment

What will I need to bring to the course?

You are required to bring the following items to the course:

Photographic Identification (must be shown to the trainer on the first day of the course)

A whistle

Swimming costume


Shorts and t-shirt to be worn in the water

Pen / pencil

Some of the days may include water work on more than one occasion and candidates may prefer to bring two sets of towels, shorts and t-shirts.

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