There are many benefits of gaining a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), it can be a good starting point for a career in the leisure industry, an opportunity for career progression, varied working hours, opportunity to work within a team and the NPLQ is recognised worldwide.  Aarron Riley Operations Manager of the Osprey Leisure Centre said “Holding a NPLQ qualification is a great way for students to fund studies whilst learning essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR. It is also a good starting point for a career within the leisure industry”.

Osprey Leisure Centre employs a number of casual staff members who are students at college and university. The students regularly return within the holidays to cover casual work at the centre. Many of the students hold a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) which means they can be offered lifeguarding hours during the holidays. This enables the students to earn money to fund their university studies.

Osprey Leisure Centre also have a number of staff members who started off as Apprentices and gained the NPLQ through their apprenticeship, some of them have now moved up within the industry and have become swimming teachers or fitness instructors, but by keeping their NPLQ qualification up to date they are able to pick up extra lifeguarding shifts which can increase their income.

Osprey Leisure Centre will be offering a Lifeguard course on Mon 21stAugust – Friday 25thAugust 2017. Reservations can be made at the Leisure Centre and the course fee is £200.

In order to undertake the qualification all candidates must 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

·       Candidates must be 16 years or over on the day of the assessment.

For more information please contact Aarron Riley on 01305 824378 or via email on 

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