Pool Lifeguard, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue

Lifeguard Course Pre-Requisites

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16years old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:

  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Jump / dive into deep water
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits


  • Unit 1 – Swimming Pool Safety Operation and Supervision unit number J/617/0924 credit value = 2
  • Unit 2 – Pool Lifeguard Emergency Rescue Skills L/617/0925 credit value 1
  • Unit 3 – First aid, illness and injury Management in a Pool Environment R/617/0926 credit value = 2
    Note: The minimum number of credits required to achieve a ‘pass’ = 5 credits

NPLQ Generation 9 accredited details with Ofqual and Specification

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the marketing name for this qualification – its ‘accredited title’ as listed with Ofqual is: IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding, Intervention, Supervision and Rescue qualification number 603/3309/1

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