National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Location: Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre

Please fill out this expression of interest form if you would like to put your name down for an upcoming course

Date: TBC

Cost: €490

Capacity: 12

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NPLQ Pre-requisites. Every candidate, prior to the commencement of training must:

  • Be 16 years of age.
  • Jump / dive into deep water.
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds.
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front & back.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Submerge to floor of the pool at the deepest part (2.1m).
  • Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits.

The lifeguard qualification is delivered over five days and is independently assessed.

Candidates who are not successful have the option to retake any section which they fail within 28 days – inclusive within the initial certification is a retake section at no extra charge on the assessment form. Costs of the assessor and facility maybe incurred.

Course Content

  • The Lifeguard and the Law
  • Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
  • Swimming Pool Supervision
  • Intervention and Rescue
  • Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • First Aid
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)


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