You only have one Life : Protect It : Stay Safe

St Colmcille Royal Life Saving Club

Lifeguards lifting a Casualty out of the Water.

Pool Candidate pre-requisites

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.

Benefits of becoming a lifeguard :

We think there are loads of great reasons why you'd want to become a lifeguard.

We guess you must think it's a pretty good idea too, which is why you are on this website.

Reasons why we think you'd love it...

 First and foremost you are providing an amazing public service. You will without a doubt make people feel confident, happier and safer just by being on the poolside and you could potentially save a life.

 Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry. Many senior managers began their rise to leisure stardom by lifeguarding at their local pools.

 The opportunity to get fit. Not only will you have to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard but you will be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter. Many pools will give their lifeguards discounted or even free memberships.

 You get to work with a team of like minded people, so there's plenty of opportunity to increase your social circle!

 The hours are flexible and perfect for those of you who need to fit studying into your busy days.

 If you're a competitive type there is plenty of opportunity to show off your lifeguarding talents in annual events such as the National Pool Lifeguard Championships (team event) and the Lifeguard Triathlon.

 If you find you really enjoy lifeguarding you can take it up as a competitive sport and compete regularly for your local club.

Lastly but still very importantly, you will gain a life skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life.

It could lead to an enhanced career progression and a stepping stone to the National Pool Management Qualification (NPMQ).


Pool Lifeguarding Qualifications