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Aqua Zone Lifeguard Courses

Pool lifeguards work as part of a team to keep a close watch over the pool and its users in order to anticipate potential problems and act to prevent them, identify emergencies quickly and take appropriate emergency action and first aid where necessary.

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ 8th Edition) meets all the criteria required for the training and certification of pool lifeguards and is accepted by swimming pools as the benchmark qualification needed to work as a lifeguard. This qualification is ideal for those completing their Duke of Edingburgh Awards, GCSE PE, those seeking employment in the sport and leisure industry as well as enhancing a personal statement for university applicants.

A guide to what to expect from your course...

For lifeguarding courses, the following pre-requisites are required:

  • At least 16 years of age prior to commencing training 
  • Be able to jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in one minute or less
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and then 100 metres continually on your back.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor at the deepest part of the pool
  • Climb out of the pool unaided without ladder/steps


Please take a look at our frequently asked questions:

What is this qualification?

The NPLQ is a nationally recognised award which is run and organised by the RLSS. Their website gives very detailed information about the aims of the course.
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Where is it held?

The course is held at St Edward’s Pool at St Edward’s Senior School in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. St Edward’s is an approved training centre for such courses and is fully insured.  The course is run by a qualified instructor who is RLSS approved but is organised and overseen by Jezz Rutt, the pool manager and Isobel Rutt, the course coordinator.


What are the course times?

The times are usually Monday to Friday from 9.00 am until 5.00pm (times are finalised nearer the course).  We also plan to include the assessment session during these times.

Do I have to be ‘good’ at swimming?

Not necessarily ‘good’! You have to have basic water awareness and be able to fulfill the pre requisites mentioned above.

What equipment do I need?

Swimwear, t-shirt and shorts, whistle, pen, paper and file. You will also need lunch and any other snack.  We are lucky that course candidates will have their own kitchen area to store lunch and to access complimentary light refreshements throughout the course. 

Training Exemptions through Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

Candidates may be able to use prior achievements to count towards training times. Evidence would be needed and subject to this not effecting the delivery of the course.


  • Current RLSS UK National beach Lifeguard Qualifcation
  • Current HSE Approved First Aid at Work Certificate or Occupational First Aid Certificate
  • Current STA NARS (PL) Qualification

How much does it cost?

The total fee is £230.00. This includes a copy of the RLSS publication training Manual, "The Lifeguard", light refreshments and there is also free parking.

Please contact us f you are a student or unemployed as we may be able to help you with a support package for paying course fees.

 Cheques are made payable to ‘Aqua Zone’.


Next Course: 

22nd - 26th July 2019


Please click here to download the lifeguard application form

To have a chat about the course and to reserve a place, contact 01242 517825 or

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