Requirements and training
You’ll need a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) or equivalent to become an RNLI lifeguard.
If you already have a beach lifeguard qualification, it needs to be equivalent to the ILS Beach Lifeguard qualification. Find out if yours is recognised on the ILS website.
If you don’t already have a NVBLQ, you can take a course to get the qualification – find your nearest one with RLSS UK, SLSGB or SLSA Wales.
And if you don't currently have a recognised beach lifeguard qualification, but you'd like us to stay in touch with regards to opportunities and training, you can still register your interest and we can discuss further
Even if you’ve worked as an RNLI lifeguard before, everyone needs to complete a health assessment (including an eyesight test) to ensure you are physically up to the job. Our lifeguards must be able to complete:
- a 400m pool swim in under 7½ minutes, the first 200m of which must be completed in under 3½ minutes
- a 25m pool swim underwater and a 25m surface swim consecutively in under 50 seconds
- a 200m beach run in under 40 seconds.
It may sound like a big ask, but we’ll be there every step of the way to help you reach these criteria – and become the best lifesaver you can be.