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National Pool Lifeguard Qualification with Emergency First Aid & AED

Overview - Older people the solution to the Uk's lifeguard shortage - see news article

A course not just for the young. The internationally recognised Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS UK) National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is not only a qualification that will train you to become a Pool Lifeguard but can also be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry. In order to perform lifeguard duties, candidates must be physically fit, have a good vision and hearing, be mentally alert and self disciplined. This course will be delivered using a variety of methods including :

  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Flip Chart Exercises
  • Guided Group Discussions
  • Guided Group Activities
  • Practical Demonstrations and Training

Course Fee - Full Course
  External Candidates: £245
  Leeds Beckett Students/Staff: £230

Course Fee – Renewal **
  External Candidates:     £150
  Leeds Beckett Student/Staff:  £140

** Please note renewal candidates must have an existing qualification that is still in date by the final day of the course to qualify for this option.  As a renewal candidate you will need to have completed 20 hours of logged training in the last 24 months, however these 20 hours can be completed on the course.**
To complete the FULL course ALL the hours listed must be completed

Academic Year 2017-2018

Course Two
Tuesday 3 April 2018 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 4 April 2018 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 5 April 2018 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 6 April 2018 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 7 April 2018 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 8 April 2018 09:00 - 18:00


Course Three    
Monday 18 June 2018 09:00 - 18:00 
Tuesday 19 June 2018 09:00 - 18:00 
Wednesday 20 June 2018  09:00 - 18:00 
Thursday 21 June 2018 09:00 - 18:00 
Friday 22 June 2018  09:00 - 18:00 
Sunday  24 June 2018  13:00 - 18:00 




Plus Icon Pre-requisites

You must be 16+ years of age on the date of assessment and demonstrate that you are:  

  • Able to jump/dive into deep water
  • Able to swim 50 metres in under 60 seconds
  • Able to swim 100 metres continuously on front and back
  • Able to tread deep water, tread water for 30 seconds
  • Able to surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Able to climb out of a pool unaided without the using a ladder/ steps where the pool design permits
Plus Icon Course Information
To allow a successful candidate to undertake responsible lifeguarding duties in both a professional/voluntary atmosphere.

Course Content

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course 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 and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision
Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law
Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision

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

Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid
Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Element 2 – First Aid
Element 3 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)

Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Training on AED can now be included in the NPLQ qualification. The training is designed to train individuals in both theoretical and practical aspects of First Aid when needing to use a defibrillator.
Course Exam/Certificate

In order to gain an NPLQ certificate which is valid for 2 years, you must:
  • Attend all course hours and successfully complete both the theory and practical assessments
Course Duration
  • 42 hours
Course Venue
  • Carnegie Sports Centre, Headingley Campus, Leeds, LS6 3QQ

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 "Best course I have ever done. Great to learn and lots of fun"

"Amazing. Thanks Jane for being so supportive"

"Jane was fantastic! So lovely and helpful  - great week"

"Jane was amazing"

"Really enjoyed the whole week, been a great experience"

"Tutor was amazing, so helpful & kind. I have already asked friends to do it"

"Jane was the nicest lady I've met a credit to the organisation"

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