The Leys



We have qualified staff on site who are able to run both NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Courses) and NRASTC (National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches).

Our next course:

Monday 12th to Saturday 17th February 2018

Monday 9th to Saturday 14th April 2018


Download application form for this course


National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is widely accepted by swimming pools both in the UK and Ireland.

Every candidate must be 16 years of age prior to the assessment date of the course, and must be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:

  • Jump/dive into deep water.
  • Swim 50 meters in less than 60 seconds.
  • Swim 100 meters continuously on front and back.
  • In deep water, tread water for at least 30 seconds.
  • Surface dive to the bottom of the pool.
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits.


Training and assessment for the NPLQ is split into 3 sections:

Section 1: The Lifeguard, swimming pool and supervision (12 hours)

  • Element 1: The Lifeguard and the Law
  • Element 2: The swimming pool, hazards and control measures
  • Element 3: Swimming pool supervision

Section 2: Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plan (10 hours)

  • Element 1: Intervention and rescue
  • Element 2: Rescue of a casualty with a suspected spinal injury
  • Element 3: Emergency action plan

Section 3: CPR, AED and First Aid (13 hours)

  • Element 1: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Element 2: Automated external defibrillation (AED) (Optional - 1½ hours extra)
  • Element 3: First Aid


Once all of the 3 sections have been completed, there will be 1 hour consolidation and revision prior to the assessment. The assessment is carried out by independent assessors who have not been involved in the teaching of the course, and typically takes around 2½ hour to complete.

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is awarded upon successful completion of the training course and the assessment.


National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches

This course assists those with responsibility for supervising swimming groups and activities to identify hazards, prevent accidents and take appropriate emergency action where required.

This course is accredited by Lifesavers and the Royal Lifesaving Society and recognised by Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Swimming Teachers Association (STA), Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) and the Institute of Swimming Teachers and Coaches (ISTC).

This course is aimed at anyone who teaches or coaches programmed swimming activities. Prospective swimming teachers would also benefit from this training course.

You do not need any previous lifesaving experience to train for this award, but you must confidently be able to swim 20 meters on your front and back and be able to learn a variety of skills.

This course includes:

  • Aquatic rescue skills.
  • Life support.
  • Awareness of risk assessment, safety procedures and spinal cord injury stabilization skills.



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The Leys School