National Pool Lifeguard Course

Blackshots Leisure Centre


28th May 2024 - 1st Jun 2024

UNTIL Saturday 1st June

National Pool Lifeguard Course


Candidates must be 16 years or older at the time of taking the final assessment and be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in no more than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and then on the back in deep water
  • Tread water for 30 seconds in deep water
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool (2.8 metres)
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps where the pool design permits

Please note: You may be required to undertake a water test to ensure you can meet the course pre-requisites prior to being allowed to book onto this course.


The NPLQ course is a minimum of 36 hours long. It is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

  • Section 1 – The Lifeguard, Swimming Pool and Supervision
  • Section 2 – Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
  • Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid


At the end of the course, candidates are required to undertake a practical assessment on pool lifeguard theory, pool rescue, first aid and CPR.

Subject to successfully passing the final assessment, the candidates will hold a full 10th Edition National Pool Lifeguard Qualification inclusive of all 3 units, which are valid for 2 years.




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