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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


  • Course Name: SLSGB National Vocational Lifeguard Qualification

  • Dates: 26/10/2020 - 01/11/2020 

  • Location: Skegness

  • Contact details: arun_gray@rnli.org.uk  / 07879602548

  • Cost:  £100 (paid on the first day) plus a £25 SLSGB membership fee paid before the course.


  • RLSS NVBLQ (Lifeguard Course)

  • Running for six days on the following dates (all Sundays): 24/01, 31/01, 07/02, 14/02, 21/02 and 28/02.

  • Time: 8am-5pm

  • Location: Boldon/Sunderland

  • Contact details: sean_mills@rnli.org.uk

  • Cost:£130

Scotland

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

South East

  • Course Name: RLSS National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)

  • Course Provider: East Dorset RNLI Lifeguards

  • Dates: 26/10/2020 – 01/11/2020

  • Format: Blended learning: Online and Practical

  • Location: Online and Boscombe RNLI Lifeguard Facility

  • Contact details: EastDorsetLifeguards@rnli.org.uk   / 01202 676326

  • Cost: £85

South West

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

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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