NPLQ 8th Edition
The National Pool Lifeguard qualification (NPLQ) will be changing its format from May 2012. It will have a new and improved manual and course structure.
To Note:If you are booked into a course do not worry, when you are due to renew you will receive the updated course.
Back in the summer of 2009, after significant anecdotal evidence from Trainers and Approved Training Centres (ATCs) we began to scope out a project to first determine whether the feedback we were receiving warranted a change to the NPLQ or its delivery. We completed research into international qualifications, reviewing their syllabi, training methods, and discussions with leading international experts from within the lifeguarding fraternity, and where available, to look at any research which might aid the process.
Early in 2010 we issued a survey to all of our Trainer-Assessors. The survey asked TAs questions around the delivery of the NPLQ, what works, what doesn’t work, what’s useful, what’s not. What TAs would like to see included and what they would like to see excluded and so on. The results of which were incredibly helpful and insightful. In addition we analysed the feedback received at River House.
Pulling this research together was our starting point for development. At the same time we also pulled together a NPLQ 8th Edition Programme Board, whose remit at this point was to support us in the review and then to collectively determine the need for change, or not. The programme board needed to be representative of all factions touching the NPLQ. We set out a group remit and methodology and invited a small number of representatives to assist, comprising: NTA, TA, NPLQ holder, ATC, First Aid tutor, a paramedic, a pool manager, a group lifeguard manager, Health & Safety consultant, leisure operations consultant, our chief medical advisor Dr Handley and the technical team from IQL UK.
Once we’d pulled all of these data and discussion together it was clearly evident and unanimously agreed that the NPLQ, at the very least, needed updating and in many areas needed additional elements to address the needs of TAs and ATCs. Therefore a new project scope was developed and as a delicate step by step approach was then adopted to create the NPLQ 8th Edition
When embarking on a project of this magnitude and importance it is absolutely essential that research and consultation is at the centre of all changes or the decision making processes and is fundamental to the entire project meeting both the needs of the leisure industry and to our training workforce.
What is changing?
The Qualification : Whilst there remain a large number of subject headings from the NPLQ 7th Edition (first revision), all of the content has been re-written, re-structured and indeed new content added.
Change of Emphasis : NPLQ 8th Edition has ensured that the structure of the new qualification follows a route which the lifeguard may typically take once completed the lifeguard qualification. The content of the NPLQ 8th Edition will be delivered, as much as possible, so that the learner can see the reality of the lifeguard role on the course thus allowing them to practically apply their knowledge in the working environment. The emphasis of the NPLQ 8th Edition is focused on early intervention.
Contents of the Lifeguard Manual :
Throughout you may recognize some text but it may be simplified, language and style changes, more emphasis, detail or an addition.
The content of Unit 1 and Unit 2 are combined together within the manual giving a complete candidate learning resource and enabling an improved and seamless delivery of the content by the trainer.
Examples of content changes are:-
Removal of the following from the syllabus:-
|Treatment of Crush injuries|
The Delivery of the Qualification
If there is one aspect of the new qualification which has been at the forefront of our minds and an absolute priority in getting this right it has been our attention to TA resources. Based on our research and the analysis undertaken over the last few years, if there is one common theme that jumps out at us regularly it is that of ‘the consistency of the delivery of the NPLQ’.So when TAs update in 2012 they will be issued a pack of resources to support the delivery of the 8thEdition. This pack will include, the new candidate manual, a new and much improved master programme, PowerPoint™ presentation in the delivery of the full syllabus of the 8th Edition, lesson plans and schemes of work. All neatly packaged up in a DVD/CD for TAs to use immediately once they have been updated.
The Master Programme and Delivery Slides
Currently the Lifeguard manual does not mirror the flow of the Master Programme. To improve the flow of the NPLQ course, the new Master Programme and the TA delivery slides that accompany it now mirror the new Lifeguard manual. All three documents now follow the same sequence to ensure greater learner experience and ease of delivery for the TA.
The PowerPoint™ delivery slides supporting the Master Programme ensure the consistent delivery of the qualification. They include interactive learning materials through the use of video and e-environments and there has been significant improvement to the pictures throughout the delivery slides, Master Programme and the Lifeguard manual.
What has not changed?
The Approved Training Centre scheme has not changed and candidates will still be assessed by an external independent assessor to achieve the qualification.
When will it happen?
Timescales for Delivering the NPLQ 8th Edition: Following the introduction to NPLQ 8th Edition at Leisure Industry Week we will be finalising the content, editing, approving and printing the manual in time for January 2012. Pilot courses were delivered in October 2011 and November 2011. In January 2012 we will be updating 30 NTAs on a two-day course that will include a one day NPLQ 8th Edition update and NTA briefing and a one day training course that will qualify the NTAs to deliver AED.
From February 2012 we will be running 24 TA updates on the NPLQ 8th Edition across Ireland and the UK. These will be led by Alex Blackwell (National Pool Programme Manager) and Tara Dillon (IQL UK Executive Director). Venues have been identified at which to deliver these updates. It is expected that the venues will hold a minimum of 100 people and will have a maximum capacity of 200.
These venues will be spread around both the UK and Ireland and updates run on a rotating basis to allow as much access as possible for the TAs. All information about the 8th Edition TA updates will be posted on our website. You can attend at any update, not necessarily the one nearest to you. There will be one update per week for 24 weeks.
From February 2012 – throughout the year we will be running a number of one-day AED updates across the country and these will be led by the NTAs that have been trained to deliver this.If TAs want to deliver the AED bolt-on section of the NPLQ 8th Edition they will be required to attend this one day update seminar even if you are already an RLSS AED trainer.
The venues for the AED training will be spread around the UK and Ireland on a rotating basis to allow as much access as possible for the TAs. Delivery of the NPLQ 8th Edition will commence from February 2012 once the first batches of TAs have been trained to deliver the syllabus.
TAs that have not been updated will be able to continue delivering the NPLQ 7th Edition (first revision) until December 2012. Therefore the NPLQ 7th Edition (first revision) and the NPLQ 8th Edition will be running in tandem for this period of time.
No further NPLQ 7th Edition (first revision) courses will be permitted to run from the 31st December 2012.
If TAs do not attend a NPLQ 8th Edition update they will not be permitted to deliver the NPLQ 8th Edition.
NPLQ 8th Edition Updates in Ireland For Trainer/Assessors have been arranged as follows –
Friday 16th. March Lisburn Co. Antrim
Wednesday 2nd. May Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Type: Aquatic Rescue
RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification Level 2
Dates & Venues
To equip candidates with the skills and knowledge to attain the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification that is widely accepted by swimming pool operators both in the UK and Ireland.
Intensive course delivery over 6 days including assessment. The professional Lifeguard Qualification requires a minimum of 36.5 hours contact time for Sections 1, 2 & 3 (which include AED bolt on module) and then an independent assessment of the core competencies.
The course includes integrated Emergency First Aid At Work Qualification with an option to upgrade to full First Aid At Work Qualification. Candidates will be expected to be in attendance for 100% of the course, in accordance with the timetable specifications.
Where the course trainer feels that the candidate does not meet the assessment criteria standards, they will be referred for further training and a future assessment date will be arranged.
Who should do the course?
Candidates wishing to gain employment opportunities as a lifeguard or to expand on the skills they have already attained through prior courses/training.
Candidates will be taught and required to demonstrate the following skills, during the course and as part of the competency assessment:
Working effectively as a team
Maintaining observation of pool ad users
Water safety and the principles of early intervention and accident prevention
The supervision of pool users
Effective communication with pool users and other team members
The ability to effect a prompt rescue
Using a range of rescue equipment
Entering the water safely, diving to the deepest part of the pool
The ability to recover and land a pool user who is in difficulty
The ability to perform all aspects of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
The Working environment
Employer and Employee responsibilities
Pool Safety Operating Procedures
Induction in the workplace
The use of AED
The management of spinal cord injury
The core competency assessment will consist of a theory and practical assessment (there is no written paper) and this will usually take place on day 6 of the course.
If a candidate is referred on any element of the assessment, they will have a maximum of 28 days to undertake further training and re-assessment in the areas of referral - an additional cost payable by the candidate will be applied for each re-assessment within the 28 day period.
Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age prior to assessment.
Must be able to swim in minimum of T-Shirt and shorts.
Candidates must have at least a basic level of physical and water fitness.
Before stating the training course they must be able to achieve the following minimum swimming standards:
Jump or Dive into the pool in deep water
Swim 50m in no more than 60 seconds
Swim 100m continuously on front and then on back
Tread water in deep water for 30 secs
Surface dive in the deepest part of the pool - all candidates will be assessed to 2.0m at Inspire: Luton Sports Village or 1.7m at Lewsey Park Pool
Climb out of the pool unaided without using the steps or a ladder
Must be able to undertake practical activity involving lifting, kneeling and lying down
RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) - 8th Edition
The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NLPQ) is a nationally recognised qualification and following successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to apply for work within the Leisure Industry as a Lifeguard.
For further information in relation to the RLSS Codes of Practice and Policies, candidates are requested to visit the following website where information is available www.rlss.org.uk
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