infinity RLSS NATIONAL POOL LIFEGUARD QUALIFICATION NPLQ
Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which can easily fit around other commitments. There’s also the opportunity to progress your career within the leisure industry as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards.
Lifeguard Course Pre-Requisites
Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and 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
- Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits
The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.
Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision
1 Element – The Lifeguard and the Law
2 Element – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
3 Element – Swimming Pool Supervision
Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
1 Element – Intervention and Rescue
2 Element – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
3 Element – Emergency Action Plan
Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid
1 Element – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
2 Element – First Aid
3 Element – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.
The assessment is split into three sections:
- Practical pool assessment
- Theory Assessment for all 3 sections
Practical First Aid & CPR assessment
Renewal of your RLSS NPLQ qualification
NPLQ renewal candidates may renew their qualification within the period of validity of their existing qualification as stated on their certificate. This will include a full assessment of lifeguard knowledge and skills by an independent assessor. Candidates must have access to the most up to date copy of ‘The Lifeguard’ manual prior to assessment.
The following is required to be completed by candidates prior to the renewal assessment of their qualification to demonstrate their ongoing professional competence:
20 hours Continued Professional Development within the last two years from the date of previous assessment covering content from the NPLQ syllabus:
- In-water swimming pool rescue skills (at least 4 hrs)
- CPR (at least 4 hrs)
- First Aid (at least 4 hrs)
- Lifeguard theory (at least 4 hours)
Ways To Achieve Continued Professional Development
Continued Professional Development can be achieved by:
- Attendance at Lifeguard ongoing training and competency assessment* (strongly recommended)
- Attendance at alternative training, face-to-face or online, relating to In-water swimming pool rescue skills, CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard theory
Approved Prior Learning (APL)
In some circumstances, candidates may be able to show evidence of prior achievement to exempt themselves from sections of the course. Exemptions may apply to holders of the following awards and qualifications (guided learning time credits are shown in brackets):
- RLSS UK National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (12 hours)
- Regulated First Aid at Work Certificate or Occupational First Aid Certificate (9 hours)
- RLSS UK National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (6 hours)
- RLSS UK Emergency Response Pool Qualification (6 hours)
- Regulated Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate (3 hours)
- RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard Qualification (6 hours)
- Regulated Paediatric First Aid Certificate (6 hours)
- Regulated Emergency Paediatric First Aid Certificate (3 hours)
- STA Pool Lifeguard Qualification (9 hours)
- HABC Pool Lifeguard Qualification (9 hours)
Where candidates wish to claim a training exemption, they must provide the course trainer with original qualifications prior to the start of the course. A maximum of 12 hours accreditation for prior learning may be claimed.
- The NVBLQ is internationally recognised, so potential to work and travel
- Work within a team
- Great way for students to fund studies
- Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR
NVBLQ Course Pre-Requisites
Every candidate attending a NVBLQ course must:
- Be 16-years-old or over at the time of the assessment
- Have a good level of fitness
- Surface dive to a depth of 1.5 metres
- Tread water for two minutes
- Climb out of deep water unaided and without steps
- Be competent at swimming in the sea
- Before the course, candidates must be able to swim at least 200 metres in a pool (of recommended length 25 metres, but no less than 20 metres) in five minutes or less
- For the assessment, candidates must be able to swim 400 metres in a pool (recommended 25 metres, but no less than 20 metres) in eight minutes or less using a continuous front stroke and showing urgency
The NVBLQ covers all elements of beach lifeguard theory, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, pool skills and open water skills. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times and lifting. The NVBLQ is comprised of four modules and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.
- Module 1 – Beach Lifeguarding – Knowledge and Understanding
- Module 2 – Life Support and First Aid
- Module 3– Ocean Skills
- Module 4 – Pool Skills
The NVBLQ assessment takes place at the end of the course. It determines your competence, skills and knowledge of working as a beach lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a beach environment.
The assessment is split into five elements:
- Beach Lifeguard and First Aid Theory
- Life Support and First Aid
- First Aid Practical
- Ocean Skills
- Pool Skills
infinity RLSS National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification NVBLQ
NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework. It is endorsed by the National Water Safety Forum and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The NVBLQ will be recognised and promoted by RLSS UK, SLS GB, SLSA Wales as the national standard for vocational beach lifeguarding.
The NVBLQ course is a minimum of 40 hours long followed by a practical assessment on beach theory, life support, first aid, swimming pool practical and open water practical. Upon qualifying with the NVBLQ, the certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.
Renewal of your RLSS NVBLQ Qualification
Beach Lifeguards may renew their qualification only within the validity of their existing qualification. Lifeguards are recommended to engage in continuous training to ensure they are ready for duty.
Approved Prior Learning (APL)
In some circumstances, candidates may be able to show evidence of prior achievement to exempt themselves from section of the course. Exceptions may apply to holders of the following awards and qualifications (guided time credits are shown in brackets):
- Current RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) [12 hours]
- Current RLSS UK Life Support 3 [3 hours]
- Current First Aid at Work Certificate or Occupational First Aid Certificate [9 hours]
Where candidates wish to claim a training exemption, they must provide the course trainer with original qualifications prior to the start of the course.
A maximum of 12 hours accreditation for prior learning may be claimed