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Kick start your career in leisure with our NPLQ course

The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland that complies with the industry guidance contained within the HSE publication ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’.

On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard.

The RLSS UK NPLQ is not just a qualification it can be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry.

We think there are loads of great reasons you’d want to become a lifeguard and we guess you must think it’s a pretty good idea too, which is why you are here.

Reasons we think you’d love it!

  • First and foremost you are providing an amazing public service. You will without a doubt make people feel confident, happier and safer just by being on the poolside and you could potentially save a life.

  • Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry. Many Senior Managers began their rise to leisure stardom by lifeguarding at their local pools.

  • The opportunity to get fit. Not only will you have to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard but you will be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter.

  • Many pools will give their lifeguards discounted or even free memberships.

  • You get to work with a team of like-minded people, so there’s plenty of opportunity to increase your social circle!

  • The hours are flexible and perfect for those of you who need to fit studying into your busy days.

  • If you’re a competitive type there is plenty of opportunity to show off your lifeguarding talents in annual events such as the National Pool Lifeguard Championships (team event) and the Lifeguard Triathlon.

  • If you find you really enjoy lifeguarding you can take it up as a competitive sport and compete regularly for your local club.

  • Lastly but still very importantly, you will gain a life skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life that could lead to enhanced career progression and a stepping stone to the National Pool Management Qualification (NPMQ).


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