National Pool Lifeguard Qualification - NPLQ - Gardyne Campus, 07 Apr 2025

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is a recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK & Ireland.


Dundee and Angus College, Dundee
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This course is available on the Dundee and Angus College website.



Gardyne Campus

Course Content

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is a recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK & Ireland. On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard.

The NPLQ 9th Edition contains 3 sections:

Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming pool and Supervision

  1. The Lifeguard & the Law
  2. Swimming Pool, Hazards Control & Measures
  3. Pool Supervision

Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans

  1. Intervention & Rescue
  2. Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
  3. Emergency Action Plan

Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED & First Aid

  1. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  2. Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  3. First Aid

Entry Requirements

To undertake the NPLQ course you must be able to:

  • Swim 50m in less than 1 minute
  • Swim 100m continuously on your front then 100m on your back
  • Tread water in deep water for more than 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool
  • Climb out of the pool unaided

Candidates should be fluent in conversational English and be16 years old or more. Candidates must attend all 36 hours of the course in order to be entered for the exam.

Method of Assessment

Practical exam.

Please note there may be a requirement to attend on a Saturday morning at the end of the course if additional assessment is required. This will be arranged with you by your tutor during the course.

Future Prospects

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most widely recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK & Ireland and is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager.

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