National College of Aquatics
RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
Daphna Wilson
Waltham Forest College, Walthamstow (location map)
Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Start Date: 12th-16th February
Duration: 5 Days
End Date: 16/02/18

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 16 years old.

You must also 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 unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits


The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) National Pool Lifeguard Qualification(NPLQ) is a qualification to train you to become a life guard. Becoming a life guard is a great stepping stone into the leisure industry. To become a competent life guard it is essential that you are physically fit and have good hearing, and good eye sight.

Delivery and Assessment

Throughout the course the course trainer will be continually assessing practical skills and the NPLQ syllabus. The final assessment will include verbal questions and answers, practical demonstrations of water rescue skills, CPR and first aid.


On completion of this qualification candidates can seek employment as a Lifeguard across the country. Experienced candidates can look to complete the RLSS Trainer/ Assessor course which enable you to deliver NPLQ courses.