SPOR06053 2022 Pool Lifeguard Skills

General Details

Full Title
Pool Lifeguard Skills
Transcript Title
Pool Lifeguard Skills
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Aileen Brennan, Paula Ryder
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business

This module prepares students to work as a pool lifeguard in various types of swimming pools.

Students who meet the external body attendance requirements and standards will receive the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) certification. A good standard of swim fitness is necessary. 

Students must 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, Swim 40m proficient inverted breaststroke, Swim 40m proficient sidestroke, 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.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the role and responsibilities of the lifeguard and identify the policies and procedures associated with working in a swimming pool facility.


Differentiate and choose between a comprehensive selection of effective land and water based rescues with and without the use of rescue aids in a given rescue situation.


Demonstrate basic life support on adult, child and infant manikins; including the use of an AED to the required standard using team work and communication principles.


Explain and show how to execute first aid treatment for a wide variety of first aid emergencies.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures, Direct instruction -demonstration, practice - drills, case studies, peer practice, role play, scenario based training, worksheets, independent study, swim fitness training outside of class time.

Module Assessment Strategies

An attendance requirement is set at 75%.  It is possible to pass continuous assessment and not get external accreditation.

  • Practical assessment - Performance in CPR, First Aid
  • Practical pool assessment - Rescue skills
  • MCQ assessment - Pool lifeguard theory




Repeat Assessments

Students who have to complete repeat assessments do so for a maximum mark of 40% .

Students may complete: 

  • Practical assessment - Performance in CPR, First Aid
  • Practical pool assessment - Rescue skills
  • MCQ assessment - Pool lifeguard theory

Indicative Syllabus

Syllabus linked to RLSS NPLQ syllabus for certification purposes.

LO 1 & 2

  • Outline the role & responsibilities of the lifeguard.
  • Review supervisory scanning & zoning methods used by lifeguards.
  • Discuss the Pool Safety Operating Procedures.
  • Debate the content of NOP, EAP & Risk Assessments.
  • Review the role of the lifeguard & the law.
  • Define the requirements of Health & Safety legislation & practices in Swimming Pools.
  • Outline the supervisory procedures for various types of swimming pools

LO 3

  • Perform a land based rescue using a suitable piece of rescue equipment
  • Effectively demonstrate SCIM techniques in shallow & deep water.
  • Demonstrate a water based contact rescue over 5 metres.
  • Perform an efficient 25 m approach to a conscious casualty and demonstrate an effective contact tow over 25m within 65 seconds
  • Demonstrate the ability to swim 25m to an unconscious casualty carry out an effective rescue over 10m within 45 seconds;
  • Show an ability to pick up a submersible manikin from the deepest part of the pool on the first attempt.

LO 4 

  • Critique the underlying principles of life support.
  • Investigate the differences between adult, child & infant life support.
  • Explain the safety procedures for casualty & lifeguard in first aid treatments.
  • Discuss problems that occur when performing basic life support
  • Assess the condition of a simulated casualty and perform effective basic life support on adult, child and infant manikins including 2 person CPR, the use of a pocket mask, life support for a casualty with a spinal cord injury.
  • Demonstrate the use of an AED.

LO 5 

  • Formulate a diagnosis based on signs, symptoms and history of a given casualty. Demonstrate effective treatment and management of the condition. Conditions to include: fractures, internal and external bleeding, unconscious casualty, choking, shock and medical conditions.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQ pool lifeguard theory Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 7 1,2,4
2 Practical CPR First aid assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 30 % Week 9 4
3 Practical Pool Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % Week 15 3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom Presentation 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Swimming Pool Lifeguard training 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
31/12/2021 The Lifeguard RLSS

Recommended Reading
ISBN 0717666778 ISBN-13 9780717666775

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Journal Resources
URL Resources


Other Resources

Online resources from RLSS

First aid training materials

Laerdal resuscitation mannequins

Rescue equipment

Automated External Defibrillator

Additional Information