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National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most widely recognised Lifeguard Qualification in the UK with over 33,000 Lifeguards gaining the NPLQ every year. This course is an excellent way to start working in the leisure industry and provides valuable skills which can be used throughout your life.





Pre course swimming competency test: 

Saturday 14th ​October at 8pm

One Leisure St Ives



Time of course:

Monday 23rd October

8.00am – 5.00pm

Tuesday 24th October

8.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday 25th October

8.00am – 5.00pm

Thursday 26th October

8.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 27th October​

8.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 28th October (Exam)



Exam Date:                                     

Saturday 28th October (TBC) between 1pm and 8pm

If there are no courses currently available at your preferred site please ask to be added to the waiting list and we will contact you as soon as a course is available.



The following topics will be covered to complete the course:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Automated External Defibrillators (AED's)

  • First Aid

  • The Lifeguard, the Law, Regulations and Codes of Practice

  • The Swimming Pool and the Role of the Lifeguard

  • Normal and Emergency Action Plans

  • Diving and Jumping in Swimming Pools

  • Provide and Use of Play Equipment, Flumes, Waterslides

  • and other Water Features in Swimming Pools





Every candidate must be 16+ years (prior to assessment), be able to commit to the 40 training hours required and 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 at least 30 seconds 

  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool 

  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps





The NPLQ course costs £275 per person and includes the assessment and course materials.




Please contact reception at your preferred One Leisure site to book a place. You must complete a pre-course swimming competency test before starting the course. Early booking is advised as there are limited spaces available.