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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 3rd – 4th June / Saturday – Sunday 10th – 11th June / Saturday 17th June 2023
  • Saturday – Sunday 5th – 6th August / Saturday – Sunday 12th – 13th August / Saturday 20th August 2023 

Weekday Courses:

  • Monday 10th – Friday 14th April 2023
  • Monday 10th – Friday 14th July 2023
  • Monday 9th – Friday 13th October 2023
  • Monday 7th – Friday 10th November 2023
  • Monday 12th – Friday 16th February 2024


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