National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and Rookie Lifeguard

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification


You must be at least 16 years and be able to: 

  • swim 100 metres continuously on front and then on back
  • swim 50 metres in one minute or less
  • jump or dive in to the pool in deep water
  • tread water, in deep water for 30 seconds
  • climb out of the pool unaided, without the use of steps or ladders
  • surface dive to the deepest part of the pool (minimum of 1.8 metres)

Please contact your nearest venue to find out availability of future courses.

To Apply for a course please click here or visit your local site.

Rookie Lifeguard Qualification


Built into the programme are lessons in valuable survival, rescue and sports skills…all delivered in an exciting way that will get children involved and motivated. The course can run parallel to your child’s current swimming lessons and will enhance the skills they learn in the pool.

For many of our Rookie Lifeguards, our programme offers the first opportunity to explore water safety, gradually gaining independence and confidence while learning vital life skills. Our programme will inspire and embolden your child, helping them keep themselves, their friends and their family safe in the water through a range of fun activities that lead towards a series of awards.

Rookie Lifeguard is aimed at children – though the skills learned through the course of the programme are just as valuable to people of all ages. The scheme begins with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progresses to Stage 3 of the Gold Award, starting off at an ability level suitable for brand-new swimmers and progressing to the level where our Rookie Lifeguards perform impressive lifesaving tows.

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