Qualifying to work as a lifeguard is a relatively simple process.
The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most widely recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK & Ireland and is a requirement for most lifeguarding jobs in the country.
The core course duration is 36 hours and once completed, candidates will be fully qualified to work as a pool lifeguard in the UK.
Requirements for qualification
• You must be 16+ years of age at the time of taking the NPLQ assessment.
• You must 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 and climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits.