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The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK every year, and there are currently more than 80,000 pool lifeguards qualified in the NPLQ – 95% of all UK pool lifeguards.  

RLSS UK is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA in Northern Ireland.

Lifeguard Course Prerequisites  

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

Course Dates:

Weekend Courses:

  • Saturday – Sunday 1st – 2nd June / Saturday – Sunday 8th – 9th June / Saturday 15th June 2024
  • Saturday – Sunday 3rd – 4th August / Saturday – Sunday 10th – 11th August / Saturday 17th August 2024 

Weekday Courses:

  • Monday 1st – Friday 5th April 2024
  • Monday 15th – Friday 19th July 2024
  • Monday 14th – Friday 18th October 2024
  • Monday 11th – Friday 15th November 2024
  • Monday 10th – Friday 14th February 2025


Xcite Bathgate Sports Centre


£260.00 inclusive of VAT

If you would like to book a space/s on any of our courses or you would like more information please contact