Swim UK operates one of the largest programmes of Swimming Teaching (ASA), Lifeguard (RLSS) and leisure industry related courses in the UK. The majority of the courses are based at Brighton Swimming Centre in central Brighton and our Sussex Functional Skills Centre site to the west of the City.
Working together with us you will gain the skills and qualifications required to develop your career within the leisure industry and best take advantage of future employment opportunities.
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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
The NPLQ 8th Edition contains 3 Sections and each Section will contain 3 Elements as follows:
Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming pool and 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 – Automated External Defibrillation* (AED)
Element 3 – First Aid
National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has teamed up with Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) Wales and Surf Life Saving (SLS) GB to develop a new national standard for beach lifeguarding.
The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) was launched in April along with new resources.
The NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework. It will be offered by all three organisations and is endorsed by the National Water Safety Forum and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The NVBLQ will be recognised and promoted by RLSS UK, SLS GB, SLSA Wales as the national standard for vocational beach lifeguarding.
The NVBLQ course is a minimum of 40 hours long followed by a practical assessment on beach theory, life support, first aid, swimming pool practical and open water practical.
Upon qualifying with the NVBLQ, the certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.
New From RLSS UK – Open Water Lifeguard!
Exclusive new course for lifeguards wanting to work in open water.
Open Water Swimming is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports and streams of people are plunging into the sport. We want all involved to be as safe as possible when enjoying open water and have created and launched a new ‘bolt-on-module’ for our National Pool Lifeguard Qualification called Open Water Lifeguard in response.
Open Water Lifeguards can support at a host of events and locations including –
Open Water Swims
Public inland bathing sites
For further information on Lifeguard careers visit
Thanks to celebrities such as David Walliams, open water swimming has had a major surge with streams of people plunging into inland waters across the UK. In order to keep our nation of open water swimmers safe, RLSS UK has launched a brand new bolt-on module to our National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NLPQ).
I want to be an Open Water Lifeguard!
For our NLPQ qualified lifeguards, the course is a six-hour module award that will build on existing skills and knowledge and prepare them for the open water environment. Lifeguards will be assessed on their confidence and ability in open water and by the end of the course, will be able to supervise and provide rescue during controlled activities, such as triathlons and adventure races in non-tidal waters.