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Find training courses to qualify as a lifeguard

The RLSS UK, SLSA Wales and SLS GB have teamed up to developed a new National standard for beach lifeguarding. NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework. It is offered by all three organisations and is endorsed by the RNLI. 

The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification will provide the learner with an introduction to all elements of beach lifeguard theory, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, pool skills and open water skills. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times and lifting. The NVBLQ is comprised of a variety of units and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

The courses are minimum 40 hours long and are followed by a practical assessment. 

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of lifeguard training courses, running in the UK. The full list of courses could be found on the websites of the governing bodies.

Ireland

There are currently no courses running in this area. Please check back as we will add courses as they become available.

North and East

These courses are running in the North and East of England. If you would like to join a course please email the contact for each course.

SLSGB NVBLQ

Scotland

There are currently no courses running in this area. Please check back as we will add courses as they become available.

South East

These courses are running in the South East of England. If you would like to join a course please email the contact for each course.

Taster Session

    A taster session offers interested candidates who are not yet qualified the chance to try out fitness levels, meet the team and ask any questions you have about Lifeguarding in East Dorset.
  • For more details please contact ramsgatesc@rnli.org.uk
    Lifeguards and trainers running along a beach
    Swale
    3rd and 10th May 2020
    For more details please contact ramsgatesc@rnli.org.uk

RLSS NVBLQ (Lifeguard Course)

SLSGB NVBLQ

South West

These courses are running in the South West of England. If you would like to join a course please email the contact for each course.

RLSS NVLBQ Lifeguard Course

Wales and West

There are currently no courses running in this area. Please check back as we will add courses as they become available.

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