Lifeguard industry leader launches new product for the next Generation of Pool Lifeguards

09 July 2018

IQL UK, trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and industry leader in lifeguarding training is proud to be launching their latest pool lifeguard qualification (NPLQ). The NPLQ is the UK’s most awarded pool lifeguard qualification in the UK and remains the gold standard for lifeguarding.

Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management said: “We are extremely proud of the new qualification which will help leisure operators to keep swimming pools in the UK as safe as they possibly can be. As the leading water safety provider in the UK we work tirelessly to ensure that our customers are equipped with the most up to date industry knowledge and transfer our expertise.

He continued: “The NPLQ Generation 9 is the most robust pool lifeguard qualification available and ensures lifeguards are equipped with the most update training to ensure they are prepared to work in the leisure industry.”

The NPLQ ‘Generation 9’ is the first qualification to be endorsed by CIMSPA against the CIMSPA Professional Standard for Lifeguards. Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA commented: “I would like to congratulate our awarding organisation partner IQL UK on their achievement with NPLQ Generation 9. The job role of lifeguards is hugely important, and having their iconic qualification aligned to the sector’s professional standard is a real milestone in our workforce development project.”

Generation 9 pool lifeguards will now receive AED basic training and assessment as part of their qualification and a new anaphylaxis qualification is now available to add the NPLQ qualifications.  There is also information on technological developments and how lifeguards should address factors such as pool safety systems, smart devices and using the new PXB extraction board.

For more information about Generation 9 click here. if you are looking to become a pool lifeguard visit this page.

For more information and interview/spokesperson opportunities contact Vicki Hartley-Kite by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 323 0096 Option 1.

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Notes to Editors:

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the Drowning Prevention Charity.  We aim to prevent drowning through water safety education.

Through its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, there are more than 80,000 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards in the UK trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK.

RLSS UK awards and programmes teach a range of lifesaving skills ranging from life support (CPR) to water survival and rescue skills. Programmes include Rookie Lifeguard, Survive and Save and Save a Baby’s Life (a free course aimed at parents and carers of young children).