National Pool Lifeguard Course (NPLQ)

Become qualified to work in any UK swimming pool as a Lifeguard during this one week intensive course taking place at Havant and Waterlooville (just outside of Portsmouth).

This is an ideal way to gain an essential qualification at a low cost for working in the leisure industry as well as learning practical skills that could save someone’s life.

Course Cost

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course is only £250 per candidate including tuition, first aid and AED training, handbook and exam fee.

Can’t afford the course? Want to become a lifeguard?

Apply to become a lifeguard (advertised as Centre Attendants) at Horizon Leisure Centres and we can help you to get the qualification while you earn.

Course Prerequisites

Candidates must be 16 years old on the last day of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course (for the assessment).

Also, candidates must be able to:

  • Jump / dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres (2 lengths) in 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

Upcoming Course Dates 2023

Havant Leisure Centre

Waterlooville Leisure Centre

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