National Pool Lifeguard Courses (NPLQ)
The NPLQ is the National and International qualification needed for you to work at a swimming pool.
At Atlantic Coast Lifeguards we offer you the chance to partake in one of our many courses that we run throughout Ireland, where you will learn
and train to be a pool lifeguard.
At the end of the course you will be assessed, and upon passing you will receive the NPLQ qualification.
Below are the pre entry requirements and what the course itself is based on.
The NPLQ Includes:
Unit 1 – The Principles of Lifesaving and Swimming Pool Supervision
- Pool Lifeguard theory -Teaching of the theories and practices of Pool Lifeguarding, most of which relates to the primary role of a lifeguard
in preventing incidents.
- Open Water rescue skills -Candidates will gain experience using a range of equipment to perform simulated rescues in the pool, including the
torpedo buoy and a range of other equipment.
- Life Support -Candidates will receive thorough training in resuscitation techniques for adults, children and babies up to Life Support 3,
RLSS highest life support award.
- First Aid -Candidates will also be trained in First Aid, and many go on to complete the HSE First Aid at Work, which is a valuable qualification
recognised by all employers.
Unit 2 – The Application of Supervision and Rescue in a Swimming Pool
Unit 2 is continually assessed over a minimum 7 hours training. It determines your ability to apply the Unit 1 skills and knowledge in
a work-related environment as they would apply in a swimming pool.
The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is awarded upon successful completion of both units.
You must successfully complete both Units of the assessment within a 6 month period. All elements of Unit 1 must be successfully assessed within a 28 day period, and for renewal candidates, within the period of validity of your existing qualification.
What will you need to do to get the NPLQ?
Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must:
- Be 16 years of age
- Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria :-
- 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 National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) also has widespread International recognition; significantly through the International Life Saving Federation.
Need a course?
If you are interested in a Pool or Beach lifeguard course and the dates to the right don´t suit, please [contact me] as other courses can be run on demand.