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National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career in the leisure industry. This theory and pool-based course is a minimum of 37.5 hours, followed by a practical assessment on pool lifeguard theory, rescue, first aid and CPR.



  • A fantastic starting point for a leisure industry career
  • Recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel
  • A great way for students to fund studies
  • Varied working hours
  • Working within a team
  • Learn essential life skills, including first aid and CPR

NPLQ and AED certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of successful completion of the course.

Cost: £285
Please note bookings are non-refundable, and you may be charged an admin fee of £30 if you wish to change course.

Course Prerequisites

Every candidate must be 16 years or over and be able to:

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50m under 60 seconds
  • Swim 100m continuously on front and back
  • Tread water in deep water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out of the pool unaided without ladder or steps

This is a theory & pool-based course. Candidates will only be put forward for assessment if they have achieved a level of competence deemed acceptable by the course trainer.

Available Courses

Our next NPLQ course runs Friday 17th March - Sunday 2nd April:

  • Friday 17th March 1700 - 2200
  • Saturday 18th March 0900 - 1700
  • Sunday 19th March 0900 - 1700
  • Friday 24th March 1700 - 2200
  • Saturday 25th March 0900 - 1700
  • Sunday 26th March 0900 - 1700
  • Friday 31st March 1700 - 2200
  • Saturday 1st April 0900 - 1700
  • Sunday 2nd April 0900 - 1700

Please note 100% attendance is required to complete the course, which is theory and pool-based. All participants will have to do a short swim test to ensure they have passed the pre-requisites.

No lunch is provided but there is an on-site cafe at ASV.

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