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National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

It’s not just a qualification, it’s a stepping stone into a new career!

Gain your NPLQ with Tees Active and began your rewarding career as a Pool Lifeguard! The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland, and is also internationally recognised.

Training as an RLSS UK Lifeguard means you are joining a community of Lifesavers across the world.

Upcoming Courses

IB Leisure – Monday 22nd July – Wednesday 21st August

Every Monday & Wednesday | 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Wednesday 28th August (Assessment)

Course Price: £275


How do I become a lifeguard?

Candidates who attend an NPLQ course must meet the following entry criteria:

Aged 16 years+

Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds

Tread water for 30 seconds

Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water

Surface dive to the floor of the pool

Climb out unaided without ladder/step

Gaining my qualification helped me start a career in leisure and I’ve never looked back. My progression routes with Tees Active have been endless!

Caitlin, Tees Active Senior Leisure Assistant

Benefits of Becoming a Lifeguard

Ability to save lives

Regulated level 3 qualification worth 8 UCAS tariff points

Learn a life long skill

Keep fit and healthy

Start a new career

Work within a great team

Ensure individuals enjoy water safely

Be part of an extensive community of Lifeguards

About NPLQ

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding TheoryFirst Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties from the water and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is covered in three sections, and candidates must successfully pass all to sections to attain the qualification.

Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision

Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law
Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision

Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans

Element 1 – Intervention and Rescue
Element 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
Element 3 – Emergency Action Plan

Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid

Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Element 2 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
Element 3 – First Aid

If you’re ready to learn a new skill and start a new career, please complete the form below and our team will be in touch as soon as possible

NPLQ Enquiry


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