NPLQ Courses with Inverclyde Leisure

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the leading course for the gateway into the leisure industry. Find out more about our upcoming course below!

NPLQ Courses with Inverclyde Leisure

We regularly run NPLQ courses here at Inverclyde Leisure. Learn valuable life saving skills and become qualified for a job in lifeguarding with part time and full time options available regularly across our pools.

And why stop there? If you become a lifeguard at an Inverclyde Leisure facility, you will have the opportunity to progress your career in leisure!

What is a NPLQ?

NPLQ stands for National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and is widely accepted by swimming pools in the UK and Ireland as a minimum qualification as a role of a lifeguard within the swimming pool. The course is split into 4 sections:

  • Section 1 - The lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool and Supervision
  • Section 2 - Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
  • Section 3 - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid.
  • Section 4 - AED

The course includes swimming pool rescue skills, basic life support, basic First Aid, managing a casualty suffering from a spinal injury, managing a swimming pool environment, identifying hazards that could cause harm to users and much more.


Am I eligible to take part?

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 allows


February 2023 course details

For more information & to book please email