National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) at Pools on the Park

Our five day long NPLQ courses are run throughout the year at Pools on the Park.

Course dates

Next course dates:

  • Five day course - July 2020 (Wednesday 8, Thursday 9, Friday 10, Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July 2020)
  • Five day course - July 2020 (Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24, Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 July 2020)
  • Five day course - August 2020 (Wednesday 5, Thursday 6, Friday 7, Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 August 2020)
  • Five day course - August 2020 (Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Friday 21, Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 August 2020)

Courses run from 8.30am to 6pm each day.

Course description

The UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland that complies with the industry requirements and is supported by RLSS, ASA, ISRM and HSE. This qualification is a recruitment requirement for a number of leisure jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of this course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard in the UK.

Course details

The NPLQ course comprises both physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a water based practical test, dry assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and lifesaving skills.

This course consists of 2 units:

  • Unit 1 - The Principles of Lifesaving and Swimming Pool Supervision
  • Unit 2 - The Application of Supervision and Rescue in a Swimming Pool

A qualification will only be awarded on the successful completion of both units and is valid for 2 years from the date of issue. 100% attendance is required on the course to enter the assessment.

This course includes an AED (defibrillator) training qualification.

Applicant criteria

All applicants must be 16 years or over on the last day of the course and must be able to:

• 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 of pool unaided (without ladder/steps) where pool design permits


The five day course costs £275 (Richmond Card discount is not applicable). Price valid until 31 March 2021.

Course cancellations will only be accepted in writing. More than one month’s notice will result in a full refund being given. Less than one month will result in a forfeit of the full course amount. The course may be transferred if there is a medical reason why it cannot be completed, however medical certificate proof will be required.

How to apply

To apply you must complete an application form and return it to Pools on the Park.


Telephone: 020 3772 2999

Updated: 30 March 2020