Published on 5th February 2013

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Leisure@cheltenham is offering the chance for swimming enthusiasts to become qualified lifeguards.

Following the success of previous courses, the centre is running the training again on Monday 11 February until Friday 15 February.  It will enable people to gain The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK that complies with all industry guidance.

The course will run from 9am until 5pm daily, with a slightly later finish on the Friday as this will be assessment day. The course costs £250 and will include an external defibrillation course.

The NPLQ is a recruitment requirement for a number of jobs from pool lifeguard to centre manager. On successful completion of the course, as a fully qualified pool lifeguard, trainees could obtain a career within the leisure industry.

The NPLQ course is made up of physical training and theoretical classroom work followed by a practical in-water and out-of-water assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and lifesaving skills, including defibrillator training. The qualification is valid for two years from the date of issue.

Nicola Rees, activities co-ordinator at leisure@cheltenham, said: “It’s an intensive course which will give trainees the opportunity to qualify as a pool lifeguard. The qualification is internationally recognised so can be especially useful for students wishing to travel abroad.”

All candidates must be aged 16 plus before the start date of the course.

To sign up to the course, contact Nicky Rees 01242 774735 or Customer Services 01242 528764


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