Life Guard qualification

Royal life saving society banner image

Latest Courses

Next Course: Monday 6 April to Friday 10 April 2020 at Allander Leisure Centre

Approved Training Centres

Allander, Kirkintilloch and Leisuredrome Leisure Centres are Approved Training Centres to train and assess the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Interested in becoming a Lifeguard?

The award includes a range of water rescue skills and knowledge related to lifeguarding in a swimming pool.  The course covers current resuscitation protocol and basic first aid, communication and teamwork, understanding of pool operating procedures and hazards.

Candidates must be 16 years of age prior to course commencement, and be able to;

  • Jump/Dive into deep water
  • Swim 50m in 60 seconds
  • Swim 100m continuously on front and back
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out of the pool unaided without the use of steps/ladders
  • Ability to engage in assisted lifting and landing of casualties

Candidates must provide:

  • Swimwear
  • Shorts and T-shirt for use in the water and pool shoes
  • Notebook and writing implement

All other materials will be provided.

Please note: Closing date for courses is 5 days prior to start of course (applications will be received on a ‘first come – first served’ basis)


Currently our NPLQ Courses cost £250 which includes all course material, tuition and examination fees.

Course Dates

Courses are held during the following school holidays:

  • Easter     
  • Summer 
  • October   

Course Times

Courses run from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm each day.

How to Apply

Contact the Centre you wish to attend and we will give you the information you require.

Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre
Woodhead Park
G66 3DD

Tel: 0141 578 8222
Fax: 0141 578 8267

Email: Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre

The Leisuredrome
147 Balmuildy Road
G64 3HD

Tel: 0141 777 3060
Fax: 0141 772 1628

Email: Leisuredrome

Allander Leisure Centre
Milngavie Road
G61 3DF

Tel: 0141 777 3070
Fax: 0141 931 5604

Email: Allander Leisure Centre