Royal Life Saving Society UK

Our trainers are members of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). The RLSS is the Drowning Prevention Charity and the UK’s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education.

IQL UK

IQL UK is the awarding organisation, regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and accredited by SQA Accreditation in Scotland. IQL UK is the trading subsidiary of the RLSS UK.

Through IQL UK, the leading provider of lifeguard training, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK pool lifeguards trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK.

RLSS UK Qualifications

The following are non-regulated qualifications certified by RLSS UK. They are not regulated by Ofqual, except the bolt-ons marked as IQL, however all are held to high standards and offer industry leading skills.

RLSS UK Qualifications
Course PDF
National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)1
NRASTC is a supervision and rescue qualification for teachers working on the poolside or in the water during programmed activities, such as a swimming lesson. It is suitable for teachers working in a wide range of swimming pools where the water is deeper than the teachers’ standing depth and meets the Individual sites risk assessment.
16 hours minimum guided learning hours
Download National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC) PDF
National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches LIGHT (NRASTC LIGHT)1
NRASTC LIGHT is a supervision and rescue qualification for teachers working on the poolside or in the water during programmed activities, such as a swimming lesson when Lifeguard or First Aid backup is available to respond quickly in the event of emergency. If Lifeguard or First Aid backup is not available the standard NRASTC should be used.
9 hours minimum guided learning hours
Download National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches LIGHT (NRASTC LIGHT) PDF
Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Rescue Award (ATSPRA)1
ATSPRA is a supervision and rescue qualification for therapists, teachers and support staff working on the poolside or in the water during activities such as, aquatic therapy or therapeutic exercise/play. The qualification is suitable for use in shallow pools where the rescuer will not be required to swim to perform a rescue, with water no deeper than the rescuers chest depth.
7+ hours minimum guided learning hours
Download Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Rescue Award (ATSPRA) PDF
Emergency Response Pool
The Emergency Response Pool Programme (ER-Pool) is designed for those who have a responsibility to respond to an emergency within the swimming pool environment when the alarm has been raised. The Emergency Responder can be any member of the facility called upon to rescue and provide first aid.

The ER-Pool programme is designed for use in small pools no greater than 1.5m in depth such as a health club or hotel pool. For pools that require direct supervision on the pool side and for larger pools, the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification would be more suitable.
13 hours minimum guided learning hours
Download Emergency Response Pool PDF

RLSS UK Qualification Bolt-ons
Course PDF
Automated External Defibrillation – AED2
IQL Level 2 Award in Automated External Defibrillation – AED. Designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to deal with a casualty suffering from a cardiac arrest, give Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and use an Automated External Defibrillator.
1.5 hours minimum guided learning hours Certificate valid for 2 years
Download Automated External Defibrillation - AED PDF
Emergency First Aid at Work3
IQL Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification. This enables a first-aider to give emergency first-aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work.
6 hours minimum guided learning hours Certificate valid for 3 years
Download First Aid at Work / Emergency First Aid at Work PDF
Pool Extraction Board – PXB
Training using the Pool Extraction Board (PXB), created in partnership with the RLSS UK and Ferno UK. 2hr (plus assessment for PXB) bolt-on when taught with Emergency Response Pool2. Duration may vary when delivered as a bolt-on to other certification.
2 hours minimum guided learning hours
Download Pool Extraction Board - PXB PDF

IQL UK Qualifications

The following are regulated qualifications that are reviewed, recognised and monitored by Qfqual.

IQL UK Qualifications
Course PDF
National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (9th Generation)1 & 2
The IQL Level 2 NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification:
  • The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision
  • Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid
Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:
  • 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
Common Sense Training is able to offer delivery of training using the Pool Extraction Board (PXB), created in partnership with the RLSS UK and Ferno UK.
40 hours minimum guided learning hours Certification is valid for 2 years
Download National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (9th Generation) PDF
NPLQ Bolt-ons
Course PDF
Emergency First Aid at Work3
IQL Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification. This enables a first-aider to give emergency first-aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work.
6 hours minimum guided learning hours Certification is valid for 3 years
Download First Aid at Work / Emergency First Aid at Work PDF
First Aid at Work4
IQL Level 3 First Aid at Work (FAW) qualification. This qualification covers a wide range of CPR and first aid skills, equipping the first-aider to apply first-aid to a range of specific injuries and illness in the workplace.
18 hours minimum guided learning hours Certification is valid for 3 years
Download First Aid at Work / Emergency First Aid at Work PDF
Automated External Defibrillation – AED5
IQL Level 2 Award in Automated External Defibrillation – AED. Designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to deal with a casualty suffering from a cardiac arrest, give Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and use an Automated External Defibrillator.
1.5 hours minimum guided learning hours Certification is valid for 2 years
Download Automated External Defibrillation - AED PDF
Basic Life Support and the Management of Anaphylaxis6
IQL Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and the Management of Anaphylaxis. This regulated qualification has been has been created with support from Anaphylaxis Campaign. Designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to deal with a casualty suffering from anaphylactic shock and is in need of emergency first aid and medication from an auto-injector.
4 hours minimum guided learning hours(stand-alone) Certification is valid for 2 years
Download Basic Life Support and the Management of Anaphylaxis PDF

Further information available from the RLSS UK:
1) NPLQ Qualification
2) There is the option to obtain additional qualifications during an NPLQ course, with additional hours of training. These include Emergency First Aid at Work, First Aid at Aid, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and Management of Anaphylaxis.
3) IQL Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
4) IQL Level 3 First Aid at Work (FAW)
5) IQL Level 2 Award in Automated External Defibrillator- AED
6) IQL Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis

Staff Training

Continued Professional Development for lifeguards ensures that they regularly cover content from the NPLQ syllabus including:

  • In-water swimming pool rescue skills
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • First Aid
  • Lifeguard theory

We are proud to work with numerous leisure organisations in the delivery of their staff training. This ensures that their lifeguards are able to demonstrate their ongoing professional competence and the organisations stay compliant with HSE recommendations.

RLSS UK Qualifications
MENTOR - NRASTC/ATSPRA Specialism

IQL UK Qualifications
MENTOR - NPLQ Specialism
MENTOR - NPLQ 9th Gen Specialism
MENTOR - AED Specialism
MENTOR - Anaphylaxis Specialism
MENTOR - First Aid Specialism

TA - Emergency Response Pool Specialism
TA - Pool Extraction Board Endorsement
TA - Trainer Assessor Core Award
TA - Internal Quality Assurance Assessor