National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) - Level 2

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Pre-requisites

You must be at least 16 years of age by the date of the assessment.

To enrol on NPLQ course you must be able to do the following:

Jump/dive into deep water

Swim 50m in less than 1 minute

Swim 100m continuously on your front then 100m on your back

Tread water in deep water for more than 30 seconds

Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool

Climb out of the pool unaided

NB. Candidates should also be fluent in conversational English and be at least 16 years old by the date of the assessment.

Full attendance on this course is required (all 37.5 hours,) in order to be entered for the exam. YOU MUST ATTEND EVERY DAY.

You will be expected to complete exercises in the Lifeguard Manual during the course.

If you do not turn up or are late for the start of the NPLQ, you may be asked to leave the course. To ensure you are not disappointed please arrive for the course on time.

You will need to bring with you:

Shorts and T-shirt (to be worn in the water) and a towel.

Photo identification (must be shown to the trainer on the first day of the course.) Identification can be verified using either a passport, a driving licence, or another photographic ID card.

Poolside clothing i.e. tracksuit, shorts, T shirt poolside shoes (trainers).  A professional appearance is required throughout the course.  No jeans may be worn. All GLL staff must attend in uniform.

Notepad and writing materials

Refreshments*

*Candidates should bring packed lunch/refreshments with them as we cannot guarantee availability of places to buy food/drink at the venues.

LOCATION

Kingshall Leisure Centre - London

BEGINS

18th November 2019 08:00

COST

£290

Pre-requisites

You must be at least 16 years of age by the date of the assessment.

To enrol on NPLQ course you must be able to do the following:

Jump/dive into deep water

Swim 50m in less than 1 minute

Swim 100m continuously on your front then 100m on your back

Tread water in deep water for more than 30 seconds

Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool

Climb out of the pool unaided

NB. Candidates should also be fluent in conversational English and be at least 16 years old by the date of the assessment.

Full attendance on this course is required (all 37.5 hours,) in order to be entered for the exam. YOU MUST ATTEND EVERY DAY.

You will be expected to complete exercises in the Lifeguard Manual during the course.

If you do not turn up or are late for the start of the NPLQ, you may be asked to leave the course. To ensure you are not disappointed please arrive for the course on time.

You will need to bring with you:

Shorts and T-shirt (to be worn in the water) and a towel.

Photo identification (must be shown to the trainer on the first day of the course.) Identification can be verified using either a passport, a driving licence, or another photographic ID card.

Poolside clothing i.e. tracksuit, shorts, T shirt poolside shoes (trainers).  A professional appearance is required throughout the course.  No jeans may be worn. All GLL staff must attend in uniform.

Notepad and writing materials

Refreshments*

*Candidates should bring packed lunch/refreshments with them as we cannot guarantee availability of places to buy food/drink at the venues.

General Information

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most widely recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK & Ireland and is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard.

All GLL College NPLQs have the Automated External Defibrillation (AED) unit integrated into the course, so you will receive the Level 2 Automated External Defibrillation (AED) qualification if you pass the overall NPLQ assessment.

Course content & structure

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in 3 Sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision

Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law

Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures

Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision

Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans

Element 1 – Intervention and Rescue

Element 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury

Element 3 – Emergency Action Plan

Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid

Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Element 2 – First Aid

Element 3 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)

Mostly the NPLQ will be an intensive course, delivered over 6 days, usually Monday – Saturday, 8.00am – 5.30pm. Your days will be a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions. Assessment for the NPLQ takes place on the last day of a course and determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge to a work-related environment.

The assessments is split into 3 sections:

Practical pool assessment

Multiple choice theory assessment for all 3 sections

Practical First Aid and CPR assessment

 

Candidates who have recently taken one of the following qualifications may be excused from one or more sessions: a regulated First Aid qualification, NBLQ, NRASTC, Emergency Response Pool Qualification, Open Water Lifeguard Qualification, HABC Pool Lifeguard, or STA NARS (PL). Proof of validity will be required. The trainer will advise whether any exemption is permitted, but we recommend that all sessions are attended.

Please note that if that a candidate does not complete their assessment successfully a re-assessment fee of £50 is applicable on the first re-assessment and then £70 thereafter.

 

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