NPLQ courses at Malden Centre

Learn to save lives

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) Courses

We are running an NPLQ course here at Malden Centre. Learn valuable life saving skills and become qualified for a job in lifeguarding.

And why stop there? If you become a lifeguard at a Places Leisure Centre, you will have the opportunity to progress your career in leisure, with potential Placemaker, Placemaker Manager, and Duty Manager roles available in the centre.

NPLQ stands for National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and is widely accepted by swimming pools in the UK and Ireland as a minimum qualification as a role of a lifeguard within the swimming pool. The course is split into 4 sections:

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)

The course includes swimming pool rescue skills, basic life support, basic First Aid, managing a casualty suffering from a spinal injury, managing a swimming pool environment, identifying hazards that could cause harm to users and much more.

Am I eligible to take part?

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:

  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design allows

What will I receive if I am successful?

Successful candidates will receive:

  • RLSS NPLQ certificate
  • RLSS AED certificate 

Upcoming course details

May 2024:

  • Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May from 8.00am - 5.00pm 
  • The assessment will be on Saturday 1st June 2024 and will last around 4-5 hours

Payment must be made in full and your enrolment form sent to the trainer to confim your place. you can make the payment by calling the centre on 0208 336 7770 or speak to a member of the team to make the payment of £299. 

Information on the course:

  • We do not offer free parking on site. There is a car park at the front of The Malden Centre which uses Ringo. We have bike racks at the front of the centre if you wish to lock your bike. Please plan your journey
  • Please be on site from 7.45am so we can promptly arrive at 8.00am
  • Please speak to reception on your first day, they will be able to direct you to the room
  • Please bring food and drink with you. We will have regular breaks and a lunch break where you can go out to the high street to buy food if needed 
  • Bring a pen and notebook with your. A course manual will be provided on day 1 of the course
  • Bring a padlock so you can use the lockers whilst in the pool
  • Bring swimwear, dark shorts and a t-shirt each day. You will be required to be in the pool once a day, for 2 hours 
  • Please be prompt everyday with start and break times
  • Ensure that you have created an account on RLSS Tahdah here: create your account

How to book?

For more information and to book, call us on 020 8336 7770