National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
What will you need to do to get the NPLQ?
Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must:
Be 16 years of age;
Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:-
- 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
Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in two units:
Unit 1 The Principles of Lifesaving and Swimming Pool Supervision
Assessment for Unit 1 takes place at the conclusion of a training course for a minimum of 31 hours for new candidates. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard. Your ability is assessed in a range of lifesaving skills which enable you to deal with common emergency situations in pools. Unit 1 comprises four elements:-
The principles of pool lifeguarding;
Water rescue skills, including times swim rescues, conscious and unconscious casualties;
CPR skills on adult, child and infant;
First Aid, where you will demonstrate a knowledge of selected first aid conditions and advising on poolside treatment
Unit 2 The Application of Supervision and Rescue in a Swimming Pool
Unit 2 is continually assessed over a minimum 7 hours training. It determines your ability to apply the Unit 1 skills and knowledge in a work-related environment as they would apply in a swimming pool
The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is awarded upon successful completion of both units. You must successfully complete both Units of the assessment within a 6 month period. All elements of Unit 1 must be successfully assessed within a 28 day period, and for renewal candidates, within the period of validity of your existing qualification.
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