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Lifeguard Training Overview


When it comes to ensuring the safety of swimmers and beachgoers, lifeguards are the unsung heroes of our shores and pools. Their vigilance, quick thinking, and exceptional training can mean the difference between life and death. If you’ve ever considered enrolling in a lifeguard training course or are simply curious about its content, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of lifeguard training courses, exploring the comprehensive content that equips individuals with the skills, knowledge, and commitment required to don the iconic red swimsuit and save lives.

Provider: GLL

Course Content:

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding TheoryFirst 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 are in three sections, and candidates must successfully pass all to attain the qualification.

  • Unit 1 – Swimming Pool Safety Operation and Supervision (F/650/6714 – credit value = 2)
  • Unit 2 – Pool Lifeguard Emergency Rescue Skills (L/650/6709 – credit value = 1)
  • Unit 3 – First Aid, Illness and Injury Management in a Pool Environment (D/650/6713 – credit value = 2)


  • Swim test


Every candidate attending a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course must be 16-years-old or above at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and 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

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