Lifeguard training programme (NPLQ)

Apply for our next lifeguard training programme - July 2022

We are hosting our next lifeguard training programme (NPLQ) at PaddlePod Newcastle (Killingworth) in July 2022.

Applications for this programme are now open, and we have both fully-funded and self-funded options available.

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The course

The course will run Saturday 23rd to Friday 29th July and will see applicants complete a minimum of 36 hours of training (100% attendance is required). On successful completion, individuals will gain a recognised UK pool lifeguard qualification (NLPQ).

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) covers all elements of pool rescue techniques, lifeguard theory, first aid and CPR. 

It is important to note that the course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the pool.

Course prerequisites

All candidates MUST meet the following criteria before starting the course:

  • Be 16+ years of age on the date of assessment (29th July 2022)
  • Be able to jump/dive into the water
  • Be able to swim 50m in 60 seconds or less
  • Be able to swim 100m continuously on front and back
  • Be able to tread water for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • Be able to surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Be able to climb out of the pool unaided and without using a ladder or steps

Please note that a swimming competency test will be required ahead of starting the course.

Course dates

  • Saturday 23rd July, 9am-1.30pm
  • Sunday 24th July, 9am-1.30pm
  • Monday 25th July, 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday 26th July, 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday 27th July, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday 28th July, 9am-5pm
  • Friday 29th July, 9am-3.30pm (assessment and induction)

Please note that 100% attendance is required.

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How to apply

There are three routes to apply:

  1. Apply for a full-time role with PaddlePod (guaranteed role on successful completion, course is fully-funded by PaddlePod)
  2. Apply for a part-time role with PaddlePod (guaranteed role on successful completion, you must self-fund the course)
  3. Apply as an external candidate (you must self-fund the course)

Apply for a full-time role with PaddlePod

We are recruiting two full-time lifeguards to work in our learn to swim centres in Shiremoor and Killingworth. You’ll work 37.5 hours per week and will have plenty of opportunities to grow within this role.

Training (NLPQ) will be provided and full funding is available for candidates applying for full-time lifeguard positions with PaddlePod.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th July

Apply for a part-time role with PaddlePod

We are also looking for part-time lifeguards to join our growing team. Full training will be provided and part-time lifeguards will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week. You will have one set day off each week and shifts will cover weekends and early evenings during the week.

Full training (NLPQ) will be provided for this role.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th July

Apply as an external candidate

We will also have limited spaces available on this course for external candidates. You will need to fund the training (£250) if you are applying via this route.

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

To apply as an external candidate, download the application form below and send to coordinator@swimne.co.uk.