• lifeguard training at Poolside Manor

    Why become a Lifegaurd?

    We offer lifegaurd courses throughout the year. Courses are available to indivuals, school children or staff and companies upon request.

    Learn skills for life

    There is the option to obtain additional qualifications during the NPLQ course, these will include additional hours:

    • Emergency First Aid at Work
    • First Aid Work Certificate
    • Automated External Defibrillation Certificate (AED)
    • Management of Anaphylaxis


    • Great way for students to fund studies
    • Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR
    • The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential work and travel
    • 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 in a team

    Successful completion of our lifeguard course and assessment result in the award of the IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue (NPLQ)- the industry standard qualification and most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom.


    View our Lifeguard Training Courses information document

    Please contact us for more information about our courses, what they cover, and to book in minutes. Alternatively, course information can be obtained directly from:
    The Royal Life Saving Society, UK.

  • Course Overview

    Poolside Manor usually runs lifeguard courses during February and October half terms and at least one during the school summer holiday. The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) requires a minimum of 36 hours contact training, although this may increase if there are additional qualifications being added to the basic NPLQ.

    The day usually runs from 9.00am through to 6.15pm each day on Monday to Friday (including breaks), with the final assessment taking place on the Saturday morning. Timings may vary by course.

    There are three basic elements to the qualification:

    • The lifeguard and the law
    • The swimming pool, hazards and control measures
    • Swimming pool supervision

    The course comprises of physical training and theoretical classroom work. You will be trained to carry out CPR, first-aid practices and given sufficient training to completely manage a range of poolside emergencies.

    We are limited to 12 candidates for each course we run, so if you are interested in signing up we do recommend booking as early as possible.

  • Course Structure

    IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifegaurding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue (NPLQ)

    The qualification is Ofqual accredited and valid for 2 years. (NPLQ renewal candidates may renew their qualification within the period of validity of their existing qualification as stated on their certificates)

    The National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) requires a minimum of 36 hours contact training, although this may increase if there are additional qualifications being added to the basic NPLQ.

    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.

    Course Content

    The 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 Resucitation, AED and First Aid

    Element 1- Cardiopulmonary Resucitation (CPR)

    Element 2- First Aid

    Element 3- Automated External Defibrillation (AED)


    Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. This will include a full assessment of lifeguard knowledge and skills by an independent assessor. 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
    • Multiple choice 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 and skill by an independent assessor. 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 hours)
    • CPR (at least 4 hours)
    • First Aid (at least 4 hours)
    • Lifeguard theory (at least 4 hours)

    Continued proffesional development can be achieved by:

    Attendance at Lifeguard ongoing training and competency assessment (Strongly recommended)


  • Am I suitable for the course?

    Every candidate must meet the following criteria:

    Before the course commences

    • Must be 16 years of age at the date of assessment
    • Be able to meet the following criteria:
    1. Jump/dive into deep water
    2. Swim 50 metres in no more than 60 seconds
    3. Swim 100 metres continuously on front
    4. Swim 100 metres continuously on back
    5. In deep water, tread water for 30 seconds
    6. Surface dive to the floor of the pool
    7. Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where pool design permits

    (Please feel free to contact us for a free pre-course ability assessment if you are unsure whether you meet the above requirements).

    During the course

    • Must complete minimum guided learning hours
    • Complete all activities and revision questions in the course candidate manual "The Lifeguard"
    • Be assessed against all learning outcomes in the units taken

    It is a candidate's responsibility to ensure they meet this criteria upon booking their place on a course.

    Please note: These are not the same as the course examination criteria. Examinable content will feature in the course materials issued at the commencement of the course and as much of this as possible will be covered and practiced during the training in the build up to the exam.

    Other course requirements

    Candidates should wear appropriate and comfortable clothing such as trousers and flat shoes, there is a requirement to participate in practical and learning skills application, including pool based activities. During swimming pool sessions candidates should wear suitable swimwear and shorts, a t-shirt, a swimming hat and have a whistle.


  • Timetable

    • Courses run during most half terms and term break holidays
    • They are available to individuals, school children or staff and companies upon request.
    • Successful completion of our lifeguard course results in the award of the RLSS National Lifeguard Pool Qualification (NPLQ)
    • Our courses last approximately 40 hours and run over a one week period with an assessment lasting approximately 2 ½ hours normally scheduled a weekend morning after the 5 days training.

    An example of the course hours is given below (these times include tea and lunch breaks)


     Monday 09:00 to  18:15 
     Tuesday 09:00  to  18:15
     Wednesday 09:00  to  18:15 
    Thursday  09:00  to  18:15 
    Friday  09:00  to  18:15 
     Saturday 09:00  to  12:30 (approx.) 
  • Course Price

    The cost of the course is £249 (research has shown this to be an average fee for this type of course and in some cases considerably cheaper). This covers the course materials, tuition and assessment fees.

    Course fees can be paid in full at the time of booking or with a deposit £100 (non-refundable) at the time of booking, with the balance due one week before the course commences. Payment can be made either in person at Poolside Manor or over the phone using a credit/debit card. (Please see terms & conditions regarding course fees).

    Please note that if a candidate does not complete the assessment successfully a re-assessment fee of £50 is payable.

  • Term Dates

    July 2019 NPLQ Poster

  • Booking Details

    Bookings can be made either in person at Poolside Manor or by telephone on 020 8349 1945.

    If you have any further questions you would like to ask with reference to the courses we offer prior to booking, please fell free to contact us either by telephone or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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