Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS)


National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ – Fully Integrated with FAW, ANA and AED)


This course consists of the following sections:

  • Section1: The Lifeguard, Swimming Pool and Supervision
  • Section 2: Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plan
  • Section 3: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid

It is also fully integrated with a full First Aid at Work, Management of Anaphylaxis and Automated External Defibrillator Qualifications.

The course is a minimum of 41 hours over 6 days and is externally assessed. 100% attendance is required. 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 a pool environment.

NPLQ Renewal (with AED if also hold)


Candidates can sit an NPLQ assessment to re-qualify if they have records of attending at least 20 hours training within the period of their qualification and proof of holding their NPLQ within the timeframe allowed by RLSS to sit as a renewal.

Those that also hold a current AED Qualification will be able to renew this at the same time.

National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC fully integrated with EFAW and AED)


This qualification meets the needs of the modern swimming teacher or coach. This course combines the latest preventative and reactive lifesaving skills to ensure that swimmers undertake their activities in the safest environment possible. Whether you help with the local swimming lessons or coach the GB squad, your number one priority must always be the safety of the swimmers in your charge.

This qualification will outline your responsibilities and the effective measures you need to take to minimise any incidents whilst teaching or coaching. This is also the qualification to do where you have no Lifeguards or First Aiders to be able to take control of the emergency from you once the casualty is out of the water.

  • Qualification

NRASTC Light Version


This is the version of the qualification that is stated as above that can be done if you do have access to Lifeguards or First Aiders to take control of the situation once you have removed the casualty from the water.

  • Qualification

Emergency Response Pool


This is not a Lifeguard Qualification. This is aimed at Receptionist and Gym Instructors etc. (Ancillary staff) to back up and support the lifeguard team (if available) and staff to respond to an emergency with a pool.

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Rookie Instructor


To provide candidates who hold, or have held, an approved lifesaving or lifeguarding qualification or Level 2 Teaching qualification, the knowledge, skills and ability to train and assess the RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard programme to children aged 8 -14 years.

  • Qualification

Lifesaving Instructor – National Lifesaving Academy


The programme designed to provide skills for life and which includes beach, pool and open water elements. It is the follow on from the Rookie Programme and before NPLQ etc. Those attending this must already hold the Rookie Instructor Qualification.

  • Qualification

Trainer Assessor Core Units & Specialisms


Core units – Train the Trainer, Train the Assessor, CPR & AED.

Specialism Units – NPLQ, NRASTC, ER, Open Water Lifeguard. Mix and match to your specifications. Please email for further information.

Specialism / Bolt On TA Courses

These are for those that are already a Trainer Assessor or have completed a Level 3 in Education and Training and therefore able to be exempt from Days 1 and 2 of the Core Units.

  • Day 3 of Core on CPR and AED £100.00
  • NPLQ Specialism only £300.00
  • ER Pool Specialism only £250.00
  • NRASTC Specialism only £250.00
  • AED Bolt On only £75.00
  • PXB Bolt on only £75.00

National Pool Supervisors Qualification (NPSQ)


The National Pool Supervisor Qualification (NPSQ) is a two-day course aimed at staff responsible for supervising lifeguards and managing essential health and safety within a leisure centre or swimming pool environment. It is suitable for lifeguards wishing to progress in their career or for employers wanting to upskill their employees to manage lifeguards, team members and essential health and safety.

  • Qualification

NPSQ Tutors Course (Book via RLSS)

This is an online course for those that would like train and assess the National Pool Supervisor’s Qualification. For more information, please contact the RLSS.

National Pool Management Qualification (NPMQ) (Book via RLSS)

The qualification was developed in direct response to findings contained in an industry survey. The survey results identified worrying knowledge gaps in both understanding, and complying with law, regulations and guidance when managing a leisure facility.

  • Ensures the safe operation of swimming pools
  • Gives employees and employers the understanding of their legal responsibilities with regards to risk assessment
  • Improves ability to implement and review of Pool Safety Operating Procedures
  • Gives employees and employers understanding of their legal responsibilities with regards to the law in the leisure industry

Completing the NPMQ course ensures managers are managing leisure facilities safely, effectively and within the law.

  • Qualification

Swim School Health and Safety Award (SSHSA) (Book via RLSS)

The Swim School Health and Safety Award (SSHSA) is an 18-hour course. It is delivered online, in a variety of layouts to fit within the demands of a swim school. The course is aimed at swim school owners and those working within a swim school with responsibilities for health and safety.

This award has been designed to help swim school owners understand their legal duty with regard to health and safety. The following content is covered with a focus on how it is relevant to a swim school owner.

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • A range of regulations from The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, COSHH, PPE, PUWER, LOLER, Fire Safety Order etc.
  • External Hire Agreements / Contracts
  • The basics of pool plant capacity and tests
  • HR policies and procedures
  • Swim School Accreditations

The SSHSA is designed for anyone who owns their own swim school, anyone working within a swim school with responsibilities for health and safety, pool owners or franchisees who allow swim lessons to be carried out in their pool. This course is essential for those who would ultimately be held responsible if an incident occurs and need to understand their legal obligation to run a safe and successful swim school business.

Emergency First Aid at Work


A 6 hour course providing knowledge on how to act as an appointed person to take charge of the first aid arrangements, including looking after first aid equipment and facilities, and calling the Emergency Services when required.

The aim of this course is to give the necessary confidence to individuals in any organisation who are ‘appointed’ to take control of an incident or emergency situation and summon further medical assistance if needed.

First Aid at Work


Health and Safety Regulations require that employers must have suitably qualified people, equipment, and facilities in place, in order to provide first aid to their employees who are injured or become ill while at work. This course is for delegates who are designated first aiders within their working environment, and who would carry out all responsibilities assigned to this role. This qualification is valid for three years.

An 18-hour course meeting the requirements for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981.

First Aid at Work Renewal


A 12-hour course meeting the requirements for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. As above.

Emergency Paediatric First Aid at Work


This one-day course covers the basic skills of CPR and First Aid related to children and infants. On completion, candidates obtain a Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid. The Emergency Paediatric First Aid is endorsed by CIMSPA which means that training has been quality assured by CIMSPA and is delivered by a CIMSPA education partner. It is also in line with the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF).

  • One day course

Paediatric Frist Aid at Work


This course is for delegates who are the designated first aiders within their working environment, where they work with children and who would carry out all responsibilities assigned to this role. The duration of this course is 12 Hours, which is covered over 2 days. This qualification lasts for 3 years and is recognised by Ofsted.

  • Qualification
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First Aid Annual Update


The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) strongly recommends that it is good practice for first aiders to complete annual ‘refresher’ courses during any three-year FAW / EFAW certificate period. It is important that employers ensure qualified first aiders attend these courses to maintain their basic skills and keep up to date with any changes to first aid procedures.

Anaphylaxis Management


This Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis covers providing First Aid to an unresponsive casualty and recognising a casualty with anaphylaxis. The Anaphylaxis Management course is endorsed by CIMSPA which means that training has been quality assured by CIMSPA and is delivered by a CIMSPA education partner.

Automated External Defibrillator


This course is for members of the public or staff within any industry who wish to learn how to perform basic life support and use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This will prepare existing first aiders to operate an AED.

A 4-hour course enabling those with proven prior knowledge and experience in primary life support to deliver the safe application of Automated External Defibrillation.

  • 4 Hour course