Beach Lifeguard Qualification
The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) in the UK and Ireland is designed to be generic and is accepted as the standard qualification for most beach lifeguards on most UK beaches.

The course is open to candidates aged 16 and over and provides intensive theoretical and practical training in the theory and practices of Beach Lifeguarding, resuscitation, open water rescue skills and first aid.  Beach lifeguarding demands a range of different skills to allow for the varying conditions lifeguards may encounter.

The NVBLQ includes

// Beach Lifeguard theory – teaching of the theories and practices of beach lifeguarding – most of which relate to the primary role of a lifeguard in preventing accidents.
// Open water rescue skills – candidates will gain experience using a range of equipment to perform simulated rescue in the sea including the torpedo buoy and where applicable rescue boards.
// Life Support – candidates will receive thorough training in resuscitation techniques for adults, children and babies up to Life Support 3 the RLSS UK’s highest life support award. 
// First Aid – candidates will also be trained in first aid and many go on the complete the HSE First Aid at Work , which is a valuable qualification recognised by all employers.

Before the course starts you must –

// Be 16 years old
// Be able to jump/dive into deep water
// Be able to swim 400m in less than 8 minutes
// Be able to swim 200m continuously on your front and back
// Be able to surface dive up to 2m

The main duties of a Beach lifeguard are:

// To supervise the activities  and people on the beach
// To identify hazards and take preventative measures
// To try to prevent accidents
// To provide water safety and safe sunbathing advice
// To provide a point of contact for people on the beach
// To provide basic first aid.

Specialist modules are also available – please contact us for more details.

Modules available are:

// Paddleboard
// Personal Water Craft
// Rescue boat and helm
// Specialist resuscitation Programmes (oxygen therapy and defibrillation)

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The Role of the Lifeguard
A Lifeguard:

// Keeps a close watch over the pool and the users to anticipate problems
// Identifies emergencies quickly and take appropriate action
// Supervises diving or other pool activities when required
// Carries out rescues and other emergency action when necessary
// Gives immediate first aid to any casualty
// Communicates with pool users and colleagues when performing these tasks. 

Unit 1 – the principles of Lifesaving and Swimming pool Supervision
This comprises of  four elements:

// The principles of pool lifeguarding
// Water rescue skills, including timed swim rescues, conscious and unconscious casualties
// CPR skills on an adult, child and baby
// First aid, where you demonstrate a knowledge of selected first aid conditions and advising on poolside treatment

Before the course you must:

// Be 16 years of age
// Be able to jump/dive into deep water
// Be able to swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
// Be able to swim 100 metres continuously on your 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

Please feel free to contact us if you need more information.

Trainer Assessor Courses
If you would like to be able to train lifeguards and run your own courses you can become a Trainer Assessor.

The modules available are:
// Pool Lifeguard T/A unit 1
// Beach Lifeguard T/A
// Lifesaving

The units are as follows – 
Unit 1 + 2+ 3 are the training and assessing modules
Unit 4 is the Pool Lifeguard specialist module 
Unit 5 is the Lifesaving module
Unit 6 is the Beach Lifeguard specialist module
Units 1 + 2 + 3 must be taken by all candidates and the specialist module is added after successful completion of units 1 + 2 +3

All units – you must:
// Be 18 years old
// Hold a current RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
// Hold RLSS membership

You will be given training and assessing learning and guidance and you will be given precourse lessons to complete in advance.
You will be required to give a 20 minute presentation in the classroom relating to the NPLQ and a 15 minute lesson on poolside – the lessons should be prepared as if your pupils are new NPLQ candidates.  

We cater for most visual aids – laptop and projector, overhead projector, flip chart and rescue equipment.  We are not windows vista compatible but if you bring your own laptop – vista is compatible with the projector.

Beach Lifeguard T/A (Unit 6)
All units – you must:

// Be 18 years old
// Hold a current RLSS National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification
// Hold RLSS membership
// Have proven previous experience of beach lifeguarding or other relevant experience with written documentation supporting your ability

You will be required to give two 20 minute presentations in the classroom relating to the NVBLQ and two 15 minute lessons on the poolside – the lessons should be prepared as if the pupils are new nvblq candidates.
You will have to prepare a lesson for open water including safety briefing.  All rescue equipment will be supplied.