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We would like to reassure all attendees that we take the COVID-19 infection outbreak very seriously and have highlighted the measures we have in place in order to maintain the continued safety and welfare for all of our participants who train with us.

Bookings are now being taken as normal (with places filling quickly!) for all planned Lifeguard courses throughout 2022. These are listed on our course dates page. Book Your course place now as the  Leisure Centres slowly start to return in the weeks ahead. Fully refundable if the course is cancelled due to Covid-19.

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  • Tony Lockyer is a great tutor - have done the course with other providers but would never train with a different company again - much more interesting than other trainers - makes a hard week's work a pleasure. Thanks ever so much.

    Ben Jones - (Lifeguard Course - 2021)

  • Thank you for making the course syllabus relevant to my staff. Ray and Tony made the course lively, fun and engaging throughout.


  • This course was a life changer for me because it will help me so much in the future with my career prospects. Also i must say i think we had the best trainer ever.

    Annabelle Deann-Valentine (Lifeguard course )

  • Amazing course with quality training. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable training with humour with a training style that catered for all. Well done guys

    The best course ever!

    Richard Lloyd 

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    Mr Stuart Fox (Lifeguard course)

  • Tony was an excellent trainer - I felt totally confident in his knowledge, ability and genuine desire for course candidates success.

    Emily Ravenhill - (Lifeguard course)

  • Ray Venner helped me throughout in a calm, professional & friendly way - Thanks for all your hard work and all you have done for me this week. Hard work but very worthwhile.

    Ben Lunnis - (Lifeguard Course)

  • Ray was really in touch with those in the group and made it an easy relaxed environment to learn. Tony was also great teacher and very informative. 

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RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification - 9th Edition

The Royal Life Saving Society National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is widely recognised as the appropriate qualification for those responsible for the supervision of swimming pools. This course is of 36+ hours duration and covers accident prevention, water rescue, first aid / resuscitation procedures and more! Candidates must be 16 years at the time of assessment.

Course Details:


The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ 9th Edition) meets all the criteria required for the training and certification of pool lifeguards and is accepted by most swimming pools as the benchmark qualification needed to work as a lifeguard. The qualification.

Who should attend?

A person who wishes to become a professional qualified swimming pool lifeguard. Students must be at least 16 years of age when they take their assessment at the end of the lifeguard course and be able to meet the following criteria:

  • 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

What will you learn?

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) 9th Edition. This qualification is also known as The Level 2 certificate in Pool Lifeguarding and Swimming Pool Supervision.

Course Syllabus Outline

Training and assessment for this qualification is split into 3 sections (or QCF units). Each section is then broken into a further 3 elements.

Section 1 The Lifeguard, Swimming Pool and Supervision  
Element 1 The Lifeguard and the Law  
Element 2 The Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures  
Element 3 Swimming Pool Supervision  
Section 2 Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plan  
Element 1 Intervention and Rescue  
Element 2 Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury  
Element 3 Emergency Action Plan  
Section 3 CPR, AED and First Aid                
Element 1 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)  
Element 2 Automated External Defibrillation (AED) (Optional)(Extra 1.5 hours)  
Element 3 First Aid  


Once all of the above 3 sections have been completed there is 1 hour available for consolidation and revision prior to the assessment. The assessment is carried out by independent assessors that have not been involved with the teaching of the course and this typically takes around 3 hours to complete. The new theory assessment now includes a written test paper that must be completed in order to pass the award. 

Delegates fees include the RLSS course manual “The Lifeguard” along with all assessment and certification fees (but excludes lunch / refreshments).

Course Duration

5 days typically 08.30 – 18.00 hrs each day.


  • An RLSS approved level 2 certificate in Pool Lifeguarding and Swimming Pool Supervision valid for two years, is issued via The Royal Life Saving Society on successful completion of the course assessment.
  • For a small additional fee, a HSE recognised Emergency First Aid at Work certificate valid for 3 years can also be awarded to those successfully completing the assessment.

Cost  £275.00 + vat per delegate.

Per Delegate £275.00+vat (£330.00)

Costs are per delegate and include a personal reference manual, assessment & certification fees. 

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