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NATIONAL POOL LIFEGUARD QUALIFICATION

Through IQL UK, the leading provider of lifeguard training, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK pool lifeguards trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). IQL UK is the awarding organisation recognised and monitored by OfqualQualifications WalesCCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland and accredited by SQA Accreditation in Scotland.

Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which you can easily fit around your other commitments, working within a team and there’s also the opportunity to progress your career within the leisure industry as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards. 

We offer additional bolt on qualifications during our NPLQ courses. Each course listed on our website or on RLSS UK course finder will detail which will be offered alongside the NPLQ, each of these will include additional hours:

The benefits of becoming a lifeguard:

  • Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry

  • Opportunity for career progression, as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards

  • Varied working hours

  • Work within a team

  • The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel

  • Great way for students to fund studies

  • Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR

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)

About the assessment

Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.

The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment

  • Theory Assessment for all 3 sections

  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment


About the renewal

NPLQ renewal candidates may renew their qualification within the period of validity of their existing qualification as stated on their certificate. This will include a full assessment of lifeguard knowledge. Candidates must have access to the most up to date copy of ‘The Lifeguard’ manual prior to assessment.

The following is required to be completed by candidates prior to the renewal assessment of their qualification to demonstrate their ongoing professional competence:

20 hours Continued Professional Development within the last two years from the date of previous assessment covering content from the NPLQ syllabus:

  • In-water swimming pool rescue skills (at least 4 hrs)

  • CPR (at least 4 hrs)

  • First Aid (at least 4 hrs)

  • Lifeguard theory (at least 4 hours)

Continued Professional Development can be achieved by:

  • Attendance at Lifeguard ongoing training and competency assessment* (strongly recommended)

  • Attendance at alternative training, face-to-face or online, relating to In-water swimming pool rescue skills, CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard theory

We can provide ongoing lifeguard training at Boldon CA, it takes place on the last Thursday of every month, please contact us to arrange this. 

 

NEXT COURSE

Our next NPLQ course is running from Monday 22nd  - Friday 26th July 2019 at Boldon CA, New Road, Boldon Colliery. It will include PXB and anaphlaxis. The cost of the course is £260.00 per person. The course will run 9:00 - 18:30 each day. 

100% attendance is required in order to be entered in for the exam at approx 2pm on the Friday. The exam will take around 4 hours.  Please note you will be continuously assessed throughout the course by the course trainers. You MUST be deemed competent by the course trainer to be entered for the exam. The qualification will be examined from external and independent Trainer assessors. 

Prerequisites 

  • 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 to Bring 

Swimwear including 2 towels and shorts and t-shirt to swim in. You will need a packed lunch and drinks each day. There are vending machines available for drinks / snacks.

What is included

The course includes your manual, assessment forms, assessor fee, pocket mask, whistle and lanyard.

To book a place on this course please click on the link below. We will send you our booking form. Payment must be received to reserve your place. 

 

NATIONAL VOCATIONAL BEACH LIFEGUARD QUALIFCATION

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has teamed up with Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) Wales and Surf Life Saving (SLS) GB to develop a new national standard for beach lifeguarding called The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ).


NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework. It is offered by all three organisations and is endorsed by the National Water Safety Forum and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The NVBLQ will be recognised and promoted by RLSS UK, SLS GB, SLSA Wales as the national standard for vocational beach lifeguarding.

The NVBLQ course is a minimum of 40 hours long followed by a practical assessment on beach theory, life support, first aid, swimming pool practical and open water practical.

Upon qualifying with the NVBLQ, the certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.


Benefits

  • The NVBLQ is internationally recognised, so potential to work and travel

  • Work within a team

  • Great way for students to fund studies

  • Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR


NVBLQ Course Pre-Requisites

Every candidate attending a NVBLQ course must:

  • Be 16-years-old or over at the time of the assessment

  • Have a good level of fitness

  • Surface dive to a depth of 1.5 metres

  • Tread water for two minutes

  • Climb out of deep water unaided and without steps

  • Be competent at swimming in the sea

  • Before the course, candidates must be able to swim at least 200 metres in a pool (of recommended length 25 metres, but no less than 20 metres) in five minutes or less

  • For the assessment, candidates must be able to swim 400 metres in a pool (recommended 25 metres, but no less than 20 metres) in eight minutes or less using a continuous front stroke and showing urgency


Course Content

The NVBLQ covers all elements of beach lifeguard theory, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, pool skills and open water skills. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times and lifting. The NVBLQ is comprised of four modules and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

  • Module 1 – Beach Lifeguarding – Knowledge and Understanding

  • Module 2 – Life Support and First Aid

  • Module 3– Ocean Skills

  • Module 4 – Pool Skills


Assessment

The NVBLQ assessment takes place at the end of the course. It determines your competence, skills and knowledge of working as a beach lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a beach environment.

The assessment is split into five elements:

  • Beach Lifeguard and First Aid Theory

  • Life Support and First Aid

  • First Aid Practical

  • Ocean Skills

  • Pool Skills

Renewal

Beach Lifeguards may renew their qualification only within the validity of their existing qualification. Lifeguards are recommended to engage in continuous training to ensure they are ready for duty. We provide training throughout the year for our members. 

Courses

We usually run one course per year starting in February. Please message us for more information.

 

OPEN WATER LIFEGUARD QUALIFICATION

The Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) Qualification was developed by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to address the role of open water lifeguards and the needs of open water operators. The OWL qualification can be used to supervise and provide rescue cover for planned, organised and risk assessed activities in still, non-tidal water.

RLSS UK has also developed an Open Water Lifeguard ‘bolt-on’ Module, targeting qualified swimming pool lifeguards. The ‘bolt-on’ module equips lifeguards with both the knowledge and experience to supervise and provide rescue cover for planned, organised and risk assessed activities in still, non-tidal water. Note - the Open Water Lifeguard ‘bolt-on’ Module will only be available until the end of the 2019 open water season. Candidates that hold a current RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) can now attend a one-day RPL OWL qualification course and will be externally assessed, to gain a 2 year OWL qualification

Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) Qualification

The Open Water Lifeguard qualification enables candidates with no previous lifeguard experience to become qualified. By attaining this qualification candidates will have been assessed as competent to provide supervision and rescue cover for planned, organised and risk-assessed activities in open water still, non-tidal.


The Open Water Lifeguard Qualification, delivered over three days, is valid for two years and is independently assessed. The candidate manual and trainer resources help the Open Water Lifeguard Trainer Assessor deliver through the three sections:


Section 1 - The Open Water Lifeguard, environment, hazards and supervision
Section 2 - Responding to an emergency and taking action
Section 3 - CPR and First Aid


New candidates: 18hrs + Assessment
Renewal candidates: 10hrs +

Assessment 


Pre-requisites:

  • Must be 16 years of age at the date of assessment

  • Be able to meet the following criteria:

    • Confident in open water

    • Able to swim at least 400 metres in a pool/ open water swimming continuously on their front and showing urgency

    • Able to submerge under the water confidently

  • Must complete minimum guided learning hours

  • Successfully complete the course assessment

Current National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) holders can use RPL* from their NPLQ and attend a one-day RPL OWL qualification course, which will include an assessment by an OWL Assessor if successful they will be awarded an OWL qualification valid for 2 years.

RPL Open Water Lifeguard Qualification

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of recognising a candidate’s previous achievement towards part of a qualification. 


Candidates that hold a current RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) can attend a one-day RPL OWL qualification course and will be externally assessed. Once successfully obtained the OWL qualification can be used as a standalone qualification to supervise and provide rescue cover for planned, organised and risk assessed activities in still, non-tidal water.


Note, this course must only be delivered to current RLSS UK NPLQ holders only and should not include non-NPLQ candidates or a combination of the both.


The RPL Open Water Lifeguard Qualification, delivered over one day, is valid for two years and is independently assessed. The candidate manual and trainer resources help the Open Water Lifeguard Trainer Assessor deliver through the two sections:

Section 1 - The Open Water Lifeguard, environment, hazards and supervision
Section 2 - Responding to an emergency and taking action


RPL New candidates: 7hrs + Assessment


Pre-requisites:

  • Must hold a current RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ).

  • Be able to meet the following criteria:

    • Confident in open water

    • Able to swim at least 400 metres in a pool/ open water swimming continuously on their front and showing urgency

    • Able to submerge under the water confidently

  • Must complete minimum guided learning hours

  • Successfully complete the course assessment


Open Water Lifeguard ‘bolt-on’ Module

The Open Water Lifeguard ‘bolt-on’ module allows all pool lifeguards who hold the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) to develop their skills and knowledge to lifeguard open water.


The ‘bolt-on’ module will bridge the gap and equips lifeguards with both the knowledge and experience to keep people safe in open water. This bolt-on will only provide an OWL module whilst their NPLQ is valid.


The module is delivered over 1 day at an open water venue and is split into the following:

Section 1 - Open Water Hazards
Section 2 - Lifeguarding an Open Water Site
Section 3 - Practical in-water training

New candidates – 6hrs minimum (including continuous assessment)

Pre-requisites:

  • Must hold a current RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ).

  • Be able to meet the following criteria.

    • Candidates should be able to complete a continuous swim of at least 400 metres in a pool.

    • Candidates should be able to dive to a depth of up to two metres without danger to their hearing

Courses

We run OWL courses annually to coincide with our annual summer camp. Please contact for more information.