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About the National Pool Supervisor 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.

  • Enhances your knowledge of why Risk Assessments, PSOP’s and Safe Systems of Work are in place to ensure a safe work environment, for both staff and customers.
  • Gives you a basic understanding of the laws and industry guidelines that you and your team need to comply with.
  • Helps you understand how to manage your team and provide feedback.
  • An ideal course for newly appointed Leisure Supervisors or Duty Managers.

The NPSQ 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.

Courses can be designed to be bespoke for employers, making the course specific to an organisation detailing procedures and policies.


This qualification is aimed at candidates aged 18+ who have a specific responsibility (paid or unpaid/voluntary) for managing and supervising a swimming pool environment.

Delivery method

NPSQ is delivered using workshops, hazard perception videos, scenario-based discussions and case studies. Candidates use workbooks, containing key syllabus information, to complete tasks, activities and make notes/actions to help once they return to the workplace.

For more information email [email protected] or call us on 0300 323 0096


To download the qualification specification for IQL Level 3 Award in National Pool Supervisor Qualification click here.

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