Become a Lifegaurd

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Want to be a fully certified pool lifeguard? Take your National Pool lifeguard qualification with Sport Aston.

Taking your course with Sport Aston will ensure you receive an industry standard qualification and are fully eligible for pool lifeguard work.

Becoming a fully qualified pool lifeguard paves the way for a rewarding and fulfilling career. You will help people feel safer, more secure and confident in the water. Being a lifeguard, you will be motivated to keep fit - a lot of sports and leisure  centres give staff special discounts to use their facilities. Working hours are flexible and you can enjoy a satisfying career that has a direct impact on people's lives.

NPLQ Course

Course Dates

Our next National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course will start in April 2020. The course details are below.

Course 1 

  1. Week of 13th April (08:30 - 17:30, Mon – Fri) 
  2. Exam on Sunday 19th April

Course 2

  1. Week of 20th July (08:30 - 17:30, Mon – Fri)
  2. Exam on Sunday 26th July

Course Units

Unit 1 – the principles of lifesaving and swimming pool supervision

Unit 2 – the application of supervision and rescue in a swimming pool

Entry Requirements

  • Before starting the course, you must be able to: 
  • Jump or dive into the pool in deep water 
  • Swim 50 metres in 1 minute or less 
  • Swim 100 metres on your front and then on your back 
  • Tread water in deep water for 30 seconds 
  • Surface dive to a minimum of 1.5 metres 
  • Climb out of the pool unaided, without using the steps 
  • You must be 16 years of age 


Member (Aston student or staff) £195

Non-member (all other categories) £240


How To Book

To book your place please call 0121 204 4623.

For further information please contact on 0121 204 4623 or email

Sport Aston Swimming Pool

Sport Aston Swimming Pool

Sport Aston is home to the oldest operational swimming pool in Birmingham

Women Only Swimming

Women Only Swimming

Pool times for women only swimming

Adult Swimming Lessons

Adult Swimming Lessons

Ready to take the plunge? Sport Aston provide adult swimming lessons to improve your confidence