National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) at Teddington Pools

New course dates will be posted here once the centre has reopened.

Please email to register your interest.

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.

This course includes an AED (defibrillator) training qualification.

Applicant criteria

All applicants must be 16 years or over on the start date 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

Course dates

Next courses planned for:

  • Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020 (fully booked)
  • Tuesday 14 April to Saturday 18 April 2020

Please register your interest and check availability with Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre using the contact details below:


The course costs £275 (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

Once you have checked the availability of places on the course, please complete the application form below and return with full payment to Rob Goulding at Teddington Pools and Fitness Centre.


Telephone: 020 3772 2999

Updated: 30 March 2020