NPLQ Lifeguarding Courses


Lifeguards are an integral part of the staff at a swimming pool. They keep an eye on everything happening from poolside and are qualified to intervene and even save someone’s life if they are in trouble.

For many, lifeguarding provides an excellent foundation for a career in the leisure industry – many pool managers began their professional careers as a lifeguard.

So you want to be a lifeguard?

We think there are loads of great reasons why you’d want to become a lifeguard and we guess you must think it’s a pretty good idea too!

Reasons why we think you’d love it…

  • First and foremost you are providing an amazing public service. You will without a doubt make people feel confident, happier and safer just by being on the poolside and you could potentially save a life.

  • Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry. Many senior managers began their rise to leisure stardom by lifeguarding at their local pools.

  • The opportunity to get fit. Not only will you have to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard but you will be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter.

  • You get to work with a team of young like minded people, so there’s plenty of opportunity to increase your social circle!   

  • If you’re a competitive type there is plenty of opportunity to show off your lifeguarding talents in events like the National Pool Lifeguard Championships (team event) and the Lifeguard Triathlon.

  • Lastly, but still very importantly, you will gain a skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life.

Pre-requisite and competency test for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must be at least 16 years old and must 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 second;

  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool (1.8 metres deep);

  • Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and  where the pool design permits.

  • Have 100% attendance

  • 16 years old

  • Course information

Find your nearest course


  • Instructor: Ken Spouse
  • Location: East Riding Leisure Haltemprice
  • Course dates: TBA
  • Course time: TBA
  • Price: £245.00 (£100 must be paid by Monday 20 July. This can be paid in installments, and includes AED qualification)
  • Assessment date:  TBA

If you are interested in the lifeguarding courses based at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice please contact the reception on 01482 652501.


  • Instructor: Gareth Thomas
  • Location: East RIding Leisure Withernsea
  • Course dates: TBA
  • Course time: TBA

  • Price: £245.00 (prices includes AED qualification)

If you are interested in the lifeguarding courses based at East Riding Leisure Withernsea please contact the reception on 01964 614000.


  • Instructor: Sarah Hara
  • Location: East Riding Leisure Beverley, Beverley
  • Course dates: Course: TBA
  • Exam: TBA
  • Price: £245.00 (prices includes AED qualification)

If you are interested in the lifeguarding courses based at East Riding Leisure Beverley please contact Sarah Holt at the following email address  sarah.hara@eastriding.gov.uk


  • Instructor: TBC
  • Location: East Riding Leisure Beverley, Driffield
  • Course dates: 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 November 2015
  • Exam: TBC (candidates must be over 16 and attend all dates)
  • Price: TBC

If you are interested in this lifeguarding course based at East Riding Leisure Driffiled and which is running over three weekends this November, please call (01377) 257480