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Link4Life is committed to being an employer of choice. We aim to recruit enthusiastic, high quality, motivated employees for all aspects of our business. Our workforce is our greatest asset.

We focus our attention on the people we employ, by providing training and continual development, only through this can we achieve the high levels of service and provision to our customers.

These training opportunities are available for anyone who is planning a career in the sport and leisure industry and for employers to meet their staff training needs.

RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the United Kingdom and Ireland that complies with the industry guidance contained within the HSE publication 'Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools'.

Generally, the NPLQ is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of the course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard.

  • The RLSS UK NPLQ is not just a qualification it can be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry.
  • The NPLQ course duration is 36 hours.
  • The course comprises of physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a practical in-water and out-of-water assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR and lifesaving skills.
  • The qualification is internationally recognised and is incorporated on the Qualifications Framework at Level 2.
  • The NPLQ is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and a further 20 hours of ongoing training and competency assessment must be completed before a lifeguard can renew their qualification prior to the expiry of their existing award.

We think there are loads of great reasons why you'd want to become a lifeguard and we guess you must think it's a pretty good idea too, which is why you are here...

Reasons why we think you'd love it:

  • First and foremost you are providing an amazing public service. You will without a doubt make people feel confident, happier and safer just by being on the poolside and you could potentially save a life.
  • Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry. Many senior managers began their rise to leisure stardom by lifeguarding at their local pools.
  • The opportunity to get fit. Not only will you have to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard but you will be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter.
  • Many pools will give their lifeguards discounted or even free memberships.
  • You get to work with a team of like minded people, so there's plenty of opportunity to increase your social circle!
  • The hours are flexible and perfect for those of you who need to fit studying into your busy days.
  • If you're a competitive type there is plenty of opportunity to show off your lifeguarding talents in annual events such as the National Pool Lifeguard Championships (team event) and the Lifeguard Triathlon.
  • If you find you really enjoy lifeguarding you can take it up as a competitive sport and compete regularly for your local club.

Lastly but still very importantly, you will gain a life skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life that could lead to enhanced career progression and a stepping stone to the National Pool Management Qualification (NPMQ).

Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must:

  • Be 16 years of age at the time of taking the NPLQ assessment;
  • Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:
    • Jump / dive into deep water
    • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
    • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water.
    • Tread water for 30 seconds
    • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
    • Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits

Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the NPLQ:

  • Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision
  • Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law
  • Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
  • Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision
  • Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
  • Element 1 – Intervention and Rescue
  • Element 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
  • Element 3 – Emergency Action Plan
  • Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED, and First Aid
  • Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Element 2 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Element 2 – First Aid
  • Element 2 of Section 3 can include an optional bolt of AED on to the qualification.

Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the conclusion of a training course for a minimum of 36 hours for new candidates.

  • It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard.
  • The assessment will also determine your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment as they would apply in a swimming pool.
  • Your ability is assessed in a range of lifeguarding skills which enable you to deal with common emergency situations in pools.

The Unit 1 assessment is in four parts:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Theory assessment
  • First aid assessment
  • CPR assessment

All sections of the NPLQ must be successfully assessed within a 28 day period, and for renewal candidates, within the period of validity of your existing qualification.

Contact

Link4Life Training

Link4Life Training Academy
Link4Life
PO Box 428
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale
OL16 1ZL

Swimming Teacher Qualifications

In partnership with the Swimming Teachers Association (STA), Link4Life offers a variety of courses to enable you to qualify as a swimming teacher and follow a rewarding career.

Courses are a mixture of theory and practical teaching sessions in the pool and are available from entry level, ideal for parents, teachers and swimmers wanting to assist alongside a qualified STA or ASA teacher, and to qualified instructors wishing to develop or renew their skills.

STA Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Teaching (QCF)

Qualification Number: 600/3057/4

Credit Value: 17

The STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching aims to prepare holders to teach, without supervision, pupils of all levels.

  • Be of 17 years of age or older
  • Hold current membership with STA
  • Hold the STA Award in Pool Emergency Procedures or acceptable equivalent
  • Hold the STA Award in Swimming Teaching or acceptable equivalent
  • Hold either the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate (available online at www.trainsta.co.uk) or acceptable equivalent.

70 Notional Learning Hours:

  • 28 Recommended Guided Learning Hours
  • 42 Non-contact Guided Learning Hours

The STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching covers:

  • Teaching Swimming, Lifesaving and Survival Techniques
  • Understanding How to Develop Participants Through Coaching Sport
  • Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Sport.

The assessment criteria are as follows:

  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake poolside teaching during the course
  • As part of an external assessment, teach a 20 minute lesson to 6 pupils
  • Complete a 100 question multiple-choice paper with unit pass marks of 15/20, 15/20 and 45/60

Validity of Award

This qualification does not expire.

Revalidation

This qualification does not require revalidation. However, STA recommends all members attend or complete CPDs to continuously update their knowledge and skills.

STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching (QCF)

Qualification Number: 600/2481/1

Credit Value: 7

The STA Award in Swimming Teaching aims to produce teachers that can teach up to 10 beginners and deliver the STAnley Series of awards, as well as the Octopus and Goldfish Series of STA's International Learn to Swim Programme.

They may also act as an assistant swimming teacher and can teach larger classes or advanced skills under the direct supervision of a swimming teacher qualified to certificate level.

  • Be of 16 years of age or older
  • Hold current membership with STA
  • Hold the STA Award in Pool Emergency Procedures or acceptable equivalent
  • Hold either the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults certificate (available online at www.trainsta.co.uk) or acceptable equivalent.

49 Notional Learning Hours:

  • 28 Recommended Guided Learning Hours
  • 21 Non-contact Guided Learning Hours

The STA Award in Swimming Teaching covers:

  • Understanding the Elementary Scientific Principles Relevant to Swimming
  • Planning, Preparing and Teaching Swimming
  • Understanding the Principles for Safe and Equitable Coaching Practice

The assessment criteria are as follows:

  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake poolside teaching during the course
  • Teach 10 minute lessons to 4 beginners, and 4 improvers
  • Complete a 30 question multiple-choice paper with a unit pass mark of 7/10 per unit

Validity of Award

This qualification does not expire.

Revalidation

This qualification does not require revalidation. However, STA recommends all members attend or complete CPDs to continuously update their knowledge and skills.