Pool Lifeguard

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The NPLQ is the Nationally and Internationally recognised qualification required for you to work as a lifeguard at a swimming pool.

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At Atlantic Coast Lifeguards we offer you the chance to learn and train how to become a a fully qualified Pool Lifeguard with the latest Generation 9 Course, The most up to dat course in the world.  At the end of the course you will be assessed, and upon passing you will receive the NPLQ qualification.

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The NPLQ Includes:

[dt_toggle title=”The Lifeguard Overview”]This course has been developed for candidates to understand their responsibility as a lifeguard it is essential that they build their knowledge and understanding in a way that best prepares them for the role.[/dt_toggle] [dt_toggle title=”Outline programme”]The qualification covers the following topic:

[dt_tabs style=”1″ layout=”top”][dt_tab title=”Section 1″ opened=”true”]The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming pool and Supervision

  • Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law
  • Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
  • Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision
[/dt_tab][dt_tab title=”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
[/dt_tab][dt_tab title=”Section 3″]Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid

  • Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Element 2 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Element 2 – First Aid
[/dt_tab][/dt_tabs][/dt_toggle] [dt_toggle title=”Course Materials.”]All candidates will be supplied with the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification Generation 9 Manual.[/dt_toggle] [dt_toggle title=”Swimming Pool”]Candidates will be required to bring swimming attire which includes swimming costume plus shorts and t-shirts. There will be two swimming sessions each day so it is advisable to bring two towels.[/dt_toggle] [/dt_cell] [dt_cell width=”1/2″]

What will you need to do, to get the NPLQ?

Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must be 16 years of age,[dt_toggle title=”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
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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.
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Health and Safety On Courses

Due to the nature of the course candidates will be required and be aware of the following:

[dt_tabs style=”1″ layout=”top”][dt_tab title=”Manual Handling” opened=”true”]To lift and move candidates from the water as part of a team – correct methods of lifting will be taught but we should be informed of any pre existing injuries prior to the course starting.

The following statement should be read to candidates at the commencement of both training courses and assessments:
“The Society does not support the use of unassisted lifting during training and assessment. You should take note that all casualty lifting carries with it an element of risk.”

[/dt_tab][dt_tab title=”Diving To Depths”]Ear damage may result from diving to depths greater than 1.5 metres. All candidates must be warned of this prior to training by trainers & prior to assessments by assessors.

The following statement must be read to all candidates:
“YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE MAY BE A RISK OF DAMAGE TO YOUR HEARING BY DIVING TO DEPTHS GREATER THAN 1.5 METRES. ALL DIVES ARE UNDERTAKEN AT YOUR OWN RISK”.

Any candidate with a history of ear trouble should not be permitted to dive without previously consulting a medical practitioner. If the minimum depth of water available is greater than the maximum depth laid down in the test conditions, the Assessor will check the candidate can execute a surface dive and swim down to the depth specified in the test conditions to recover a suspended object from the stated depth. NPLQ candidates must recover a submersible manikin.

[/dt_tab][dt_tab title=”Jewellery and Clothing”]Candidates are advised that Lifesaving, Lifeguarding and Life Support activities involve physical handling and manoeuvring of bodies. Jewellery which may cause damage must be removed on the instructions of the Trainer or Assessor.[/dt_tab][/dt_tabs] [dt_divider style=”thin” /] [dt_stripe type=”3″ bg_color=”” bg_image=”” bg_position=”” bg_repeat=”” bg_cover=”false” bg_attachment=”false” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””]

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) also has widespread International recognition; significantly through the International Life Saving Federation.

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