What you will learn?

Training and assessment for this qualification is split into 3 sections (or QCF units). Each section is then broken into a further 3 elements. Contact time of 36.5hrs.

Section 1 The Lifeguard, Swimming Pool and Supervision (12 hours)

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

Section 2 Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plan (10 hours)

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

Section 3 CPR, AED and First Aid (13 hours)

  • Element 1 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Element 2 Automated External Defibrillation (AED) (Optional) (Extra 1.5 hours)
  • Element 3 First Aid

Reasons why we think you’d love this course…

First and foremost you are providing an amazing public service. You will without a doubt make people feel confident, happier and safer just by being on the poolside and you could potentially save a life.

Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry. Many senior managers began their rise to leisure stardom by lifeguarding at their local pools. The opportunity to get fit. Not only will you have to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard but you will be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter. Many pools will give their lifeguards discounted or even free memberships.

You get to work with a team of like-minded people, so there’s plenty of opportunity to increase your social circle!

The hours are flexible and perfect for those of you who need to fit studying into your busy days.

Course Duration

5 days – 37 hours contact training hours.

Courses are held at The Riverside Leisure Centre, Exeter, Devon or we can visit your School, Leisure Centre, Holiday Park or home and deliver Water Based Qualifications as Exe Training Solutions Ltd is a Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Approved Training Centre.

Courses generally run either:

  • Monday – Friday from 9am – 6pm
  • Over 2 weekends 9am – 6pm and 2 Friday evenings from 6pm – 9pm

Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must:

  • Be 16 years of age at the time of taking the NPLQ assessment
  • Be able to 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 30 seconds
    • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
    • Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits
    • Be able to complete certain academic tasks in the Lifeguard manual (This will be given on the day of registration)

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