NPLQ - Monlife


The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. More than 46,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK course every year, and there are currently more than 90,000 pool lifeguards qualified in the NPLQ – 95% of all UK pool lifeguards.  

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ are in three sections, and candidates must successfully pass all to attain the qualification.

MonLife, as a dedicated training provider, takes pride in offering the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Our commitment extends to delivering NPLQ courses across all four leisure centers within Monmouthshire. Our team of fully qualified trainer assessors ensures that training is consistently provided to all NPLQ-trained staff members within the MonLife organization.

By upholding rigorous standards and fostering a culture of safety, MonLife contributes significantly to enhancing water safety and lifeguard expertise.

How do I become a lifeguard?

All candidates attending an NPLQ with MonLife must be 16 years of age or older on the date of the NPLQ final assessment and before booking onto a course must be able to:

  • Jump/Dive into deep water.
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds.
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on your front and back in deep water.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool.
  • Climb out of the deep end of the pool unaided without the use of steps or a ladder.

About the course

The NPLQ course is delivered over a minimum of 36 hours of guided learning with the trainer and then an additional 10 hours of own learning. It is constructed of three sections:

  • Section 1 – The Lifeguard, Swimming Pool and Supervision
  • Section 2 – Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action Plan
  • Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid

During the course the candidate will be given an NPLQ Gen 10 Manual in which they will use to complete guided learning and own learning activities.

The course currently costs £275 with MonLife.

About the assessment

The assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It tests the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard. It assesses the candidate’s ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.

The assessment is split into 3 sections:

  • Theory Assessment.
  • Practical pool assessment.
  • Practical First Aid & CPR assessment.

How to Enquire

Ask at reception or contact your chosen leisure centre on 01633 644800 to add yourself to the waiting list. Please note the following basic info is required for us to add you yo the waiting list:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone number
  • Email Address
  • Preferred Centre of venue (i.e. Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow, Monmouth)


If a candidate of an NPLQ course held within MonLife would like to make a complaint regarding their trainer they will need to complete the form below:


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