Pool lifeguarding

We offer both ongoing training and full National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification courses.
The NPLQ is the premier qualification that you need to work as a pool lifeguard.  The qualification requires 36 hours of training and you need to be 16 years or older to take the assessment.
The training includes:

  • Knowledge of lifeguarding and the law,
  • Pool hazards, control measures and pool supervision
  • First aid knowledge
  • Demonstration of practical skills including resuscitation and dealing with suspected spinal injuries
  • Water-based rescue and incident prevention skills.

In order to take the NPLQ you must be able to complete the following:

  • 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