Lifeguard Training at Cheltenham Lido



  • Adults






The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is the most widely recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK & Ireland and is a requirement for most lifeguarding jobs in the country.

Sandford Parks Lido is an IQL Approved Training Centre for lifeguard training including the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) which all pool staff must undertake to work at the facility. Throughout the season the lido hosts a number of NPLQ training courses. These are typically a week of training with an assessment at the end. Details of what the course entails can be found at the Royal Lifesaving Society website

Sandford Parks Lido is hosting a course to obtain this qualification in Summer 2019.

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

Course Dates
April 13th-18th - 9am-5pm
May 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th (evenings and weekends)
June 23rd-28th - 9am-5pm
August 25th-30th - 9am-5pm

Cost £250

Book online here


  • Excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry
  • Opportunity for career progression, as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards
  • Varied working hours
  • Work within a team
  • The NPLQ is recognised around the world, so potential to work and travel
  • Great way for students to fund studies
  • Learn essential life skills, including First Aid and CPR

Learn skills for life

There is the option to obtain additional qualifications during an NPLQ course, these will include additional hours:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • First Aid at Work Certificate
  • Automated External Defibrillation Certificate (AED)
  • Management of Anaphylaxis

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