Qualifications

 

Further your career within the leisure industry

Typhoon only offers qualifications from providers who are as passionate about quality as we are. That's why we use these same qualifications when training up our own staff. Typhoon then go a step further and put all our teaching staff through our own quality control training, updating their skills and knowledge to the bleeding age latest practices and what's actually worked for world class athletes.


Upcoming courses:

Please see the below list for upcoming courses run by Typhoon. If you are interested in attending, or if you would like to register your interest for a course that isn't currently listed below; then please complete the form on this page and a member of staff will get back to

  • STA-Award course. Date: February-March 2017. 2 x Sat-Sun weekends Venue: Cheltenham TBC. Price: £350
  • NPLQ. Date: April 2017 5-day intensive. Venue: Lucton. Price: £195

RLSS Pool Lifeguard (NPLQ)

Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which you can easily fit around your other commitments , working within a team and there’s also the opportunity to progress your career within the leisure industry as most swimming teachers, lesson coordinators and even leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards.

Prerequisites:
Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and 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
  • 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

NPLQ's last 2 years (correct at the time of writing). Lifeguards may renew their qualification only within the period of validity of their existing qualification. Lifeguards must meet the following on-going training criteria before being submitted for a renewal assessment:

  • Provide written evidence of having completed a minimum 20 hours lifesaving, CPR and first aid training within the two year validity period. Ongoing training will be provided by the employer.

Failure to meet the above criteria means you will not be eligible for a fast-track renewal and must instead sit the entire NPLQ course again in order to be awarded a new NPLQ certificate.


RLSS Trainer Assessor (NPLQ)

RLSS Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessors are responsible for the delivery of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) throughout the UK.

If you are an experienced Pool Lifeguard then this should be the next step in your leisure career and will allow you to run courses instructing people how to become a Lifeguard (NPLQ).

Prerequisites:
Every candidate attending a Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor course must:

  • Be 18 years of age,
  • Be a member of the Royal Life Saving Society UK and
  • Hold a full National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The Trainer Assessor course is a week in duration and comprises of four modules:

  • Train the Trainer
  • Train the Assessor
  • CPR and First Aid
  • 8th Edition National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)

The NVBLQ allows successful candidates to lifeguard on beaches. The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) was launched in April along with new resources. The NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework.

Prerequisites:
Every candidate attending a NVBLQ course must:

  • Be 16-years-old or over at the time of the assessment
  • Have a good level of fitness
  • Surface dive to a depth of 1.5 metres
  • Tread water for two minutes
  • Climb out of deep water unaided and without steps
  • Be competent at swimming in the sea
  • Be able to swim 400m in less than eight minutes
  • Swim 100m on the front, 100m on the back and 200m in less than four minutes

Upon qualifying with the NVBLQ, the certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion. The NVBLQ course is a minimum of 40 hours long followed by a practical assessment on beach theory, life support, first aid, swimming pool practical and open water practical.


Open Water Lifeguard

The new and unique Open Water Lifeguard ‘bolt-on’ module is the first of its kind and allows all pool lifeguards who hold the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) to develop their skills and knowledge to lifeguard open water.

Open water swimming is the fastest growing sport world wide and due to increasing popularity, there is a risk that lifeguards without all of the skills they need maybe asked to lifeguard open water. This ‘bolt-on’ module will bridge the gap and equips lifeguards with both the knowledge and experience to keep people safe in open water.

For RLSS UK NPLQ qualified lifeguards, the course is a six-hour module award that will build on existing skills and knowledge and prepare them for the open water environment. Lifeguards will be assessed on their confidence and ability in open water and by the end of the course, will be able to supervise and provide rescue during controlled activities, such as triathlons and adventure races in non-tidal waters.

Typhoon offers many open water activities, and it's a great twist on your lifeguarding career to be outside!


International Lifeguarding Qualification

Candidates who are current holders of RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) or National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) are eligible to apply for an International Pool Lifeguard Certificate or International Surf Lifeguard Certificate (ILS).

How do I do this?

Please contact the RLSS directly at mail@iql.org.uk if you would like apply for the ILS. The certificate may take up to six weeks to be received so please leave plenty of time before applying.


Swimming - STA-Award

The STA Award in Swimming Teaching aims to produce teachers that can teach from non-swimmer through to beginner. They may also act as an assistant swimming teacher and can teach larger classes or advanced skills under the direct supervision of a swimming teacher qualified to certificate level. This is a brilliant entry point in to swim teaching, and is in our opinion superior to other swim qualifications - hence why we offer it.

Prerequisites:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Hold current membership of STA
  • Hold the Safety Award for Teachers or acceptable equivalent
  • Hold the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate or acceptable equivalent

This qualification does not expire. There are 49 Notional Guided Learning Hours split as: 28 classroom/pool time hours and 21 Non-Contact Guided Learning Hours.

Assessment:

  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake poolside teaching during the course
  • As part of an external assessment, teach a 30 minute lesson to 4 learners
  • Complete a 30 question multiple-choice paper with a unit pass mark of 7/10 per unit


Swimming - STA-Certificate

The STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching aims to prepare holders to teach, without supervision, pupils of all levels. Although there's a lot of detail in this qualification it's still a level 2 qualification similar to the STA-Award prerequisite. This course covers competitive swimming, all 4 strokes in much greater technical detail and is an excellent qualification to really round off your technical knowledge of swimming.

Prerequisites:

  • Be 17 years of age or older
  • Hold current membership of STA
  • Hold the Safety Award for Teachers or acceptable equivalent
  • Hold the STA Award in Swimming Teaching or acceptable equivalent (please note the ASA Level 1 Award in Aquatic Teaching is not an acceptable prerequisite)
  • Hold the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate or acceptable equivalent

This qualification does not expire. There are 70 Notional Guided Learning Hours in total, split as: 28 classroom/pool time and 42 Non-Contact Guided Learning Hours

Assessment:

  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake poolside teaching during the course
  • As part of an external assessment, teach a 30 minute lesson to 4 learners
  • Complete a 100 question multiple-choice paper with unit pass marks of 15/20, 15/20 and 45/60


Swimming - STA-Baby & Pre-school

The Baby and Pre-School qualification aims to produce teachers that can teach aquatic activities, including paddle strokes to babies and pre-school children during adult and children lessons.

Prerequisites:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Hold current membership of STA
  • Hold the Safety Award for Teachers or acceptable equivalent
  • Hold the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate or acceptable equivalent

This qualification does not expire. There are 48 Notional Guided Learning Hours in total, split into 24 Recommended Guided Learning Hours and 24 Non-Contact Guided Learning Hours

Assessment Criteria:

  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake at least 30 minutes of poolside teaching during the course
  • Teach 15 minutes lessons to between 2 and 4 adult-child pairs
  • Complete a 30 question multiple-choice paper with a unit pass mark of 11/15 per unit

Swimming - STA-Tutor

One of the final steps in your swim teacher career is to become a tutor. The Aquatic Tutor qualification aims to train those with the appropriate pre-requisites to teach and examine STA’s Aquatic qualifications within their discipline.

Prerequisites

  • Be 19 years of age or older
  • Hold current membership of STA
  • Hold a valid aquatic teaching qualification in the chosen discipline for a minimum of 2 years (for acceptable equivalents, please contact STA):
    • STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching or acceptable equivalent
    • Baby & Pre-School
    • People with Disabilities
    • Aquacise or acceptable equivalent
  • Provide evidence of at least 200 hours of teaching experience in the chosen discipline (50 hours if the chosen discipline is Aquacise)
  • Hold the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate or acceptable equivalent (not required if the chosen discipline is Aquacise)
  • Complete the Technical Competency Test for the chosen discipline
  • Complete the Course Administration Unit

This qualification does not expire. To maintain the validity of this qualification, tutors must: Deliver at least 1 course within a 3 year period, Attend updates and a refresher course as and when required by STA, Be moderated tutoring once during each 3 year period, Be moderated examining once during each 3 year period.


Pool Plant

National Pool Plant Operators Certificate This three-day course is the essential technical qualification for staff involved in day-to-day pool plant operation, or those responsible for plant management.

By the end of the course successful candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the design and operation of their own pool plant including the circulation, filtration, disinfection, pH correction and heating of pool water. They will know how to maintain water that is in ‘balance' and which is safe and pleasant to swim in. Candidates will be able to use correct techniques to test pool water and understand the remedial action required to restore ideal conditions, the technical requirements for ensuring safe and efficient operation of pool plant and the use of good management and cost effective technologies to save energy.

Candidates complete a multiple choice test at the end of the course and then a work based assignment which they will have THREE weeks to complete and return to the IoS.

Course content:

  • Swimming pool hygiene
  • Water supplies and treatment
  • Pollution and infection
  • Circulation and filtration
  • Health and safety
  • Chlorine chemistry
  • Disinfection
  • pH, alkalinity and balanced water
  • Water testing and diagnosis
  • Chemical dosing and control
  • Heating, ventilation and energy management

Emergency First Aid at Work (RLSS)

The Emergency First Aid at Work course is 6 hours and can be delivered in one day or split into smaller sessions over a 3 week period. The course comprises of practical work and theoretical classroom work, including practical assessment on CPR and first aid.

Prerequisites:
Every candidate must establish prior to commencement of training for the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification that they will be 16 years of age at the time of taking the assessment.

Assessment:
Emergency First Aid at Work is Trainer Assessed throughout the course and the assessment should determine a learner’s ability to act safely, promptly and effectively when an emergency occurs at work and to deal with a casualty. All Assessment Criteria in the units must be achieved.

Renewal:
In order to re-qualify learners must be assessed against all learning outcomes and assessment criteria in the unit. For EFAW this will be the same as the initial course of 6 hours. An EFAW renewal course must not be run over a period of more than 3 weeks.

Course Content:

  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • How to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally
  • How to manage a casualty who is in shock
  • How to assess an incident
  • How to recognise and assist a casualty who is choking
  • How to manage a casualty with a minor injury
  • How to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
  • How to manage a casualty with external bleeding

First Aid at Work (STA)

The First Aid at Work qualification is a level 3 course (the Emergency First Aid course is a level 2) and aims to create a level of competence in first aid skills for the workplace.

PreRequisites:

Be 16 years of age or older Validity of Award This qualification is valid for 3 years and must be revalidated on a 2 day refresher course.

This course is 24 Notional Guided Learning Hours, split into 18 Recommended Guided Learning Hours and 6 Non-Contact Guided Learning Hours

Course Content:

  • The ability to act safely, promptly and effectively when an emergency arises in the workplace
  • The ability to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation promptly and effectively
  • Administering first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is unconscious, wounded or bleeding, burned or scalded, suffering from bone injury, muscle injury, joint injury, shock, eye injury, poisoned, or overcome by gas/fumes
  • Transporting a casualty to safety as required by the circumstances of the workplace
  • The recognition of minor illnesses and taking appropriate action
  • Maintaining records and providing written information to a doctor or hospital if required
  • Understanding the importance of personal hygiene in first aid procedures
  • Understanding the legal framework for first aid provision at work
  • Demonstrating the use of first aid equipment provided in the workplace

Assessment Criteria:

  • Continual assessment by the tutor
  • Demonstrate the ability to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation on an adult manikin
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out first aid for an unconscious casualty
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out first aid for a workplace emergency situation
  • Complete 2 worksheets during the course