Our National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised.

More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK every year, and there are currently more than 74,000 pool lifeguards  qualified in the NPLQ - 95% of all UK pool lifeguards. 

Some of the benefits of being a lifeguard are:

✅  Earning your own money
✅  Making a difference
✅  Keeping fit
✅  Meeting great people
✅  Being part of a team
✅  Feeling proud 
✅  Gaining transferrable skills
✅  Great for your CV and Uni applications

Find a course in your local area now!

If you're looking for more detail about the course click here.

Check out our blog What do lifeguards really think of the job? or view people who started their careers as a lifeguard.

This qualification is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA in Northern Ireland.

What is it like being a lifeguard?


Many successful people started their careers as lifeguards and their journeys have taken them to fantastic futures. Click here to see who boasts being a lifeguard on their CV.

Click here to find out what current lifeguards love about the role