National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification

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. This is a nationally recognised qualification and is essential for anyone wanting to work as a beach lifeguard in the UK and further afield.

  • Beach environment theory – waves, tides, rips etc.
  • Patrolling as a lifeguard
  • Conscious and unconscious casualty rescues using a rescue tube and a rescue board
  • Rescue extraction of casualties with suspected spinal injuries
  • Communication systems including use of radios and lifeguard signals
  • Adult, junior and baby CPR
  • Adult, junior and baby choking
  • Unconscious casualty management
  • Treatment of medical conditions, wounds etc…
  • How to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team and much more….

This is an instructor lead course with a mixture of practical and theory-based learning. Theory sessions will be delivered with the use of PowerPoint presentations and open discussions between learners and instructors. Practical sessions will be delivers in the sea, pool and on land. Each learner will receive an SLSGB Beach Lifeguard Manual which can be used during the course and is theirs to keep post course.
Assessment – On the last day of the course you will be assessed on the knowledge and skills you have learned throughout the course, this will include:

  • Timed swim in the pool of 400m in 8 minutes or less
  • Timed run of 200m in 40 seconds or less
  • Sea based tube rescues
  • Sea based board rescues
  • CPR and unconscious casualty management
  • First aid scenarios

This is a 6-day course, inclusive of the assessment day with a minimum of 40 hours of guided learning. The hours are comprised of sea, pool and classroom sessions. The course is physically demanding, with the sea sessions taking place in cold water hence you will require the following kit in order to participate in this course:

  • Full length wet suit (minimum of 3mm however 5mm preferred during the months of December, January, February & March)
  • Neoprene boots/shoes (boots preferred during the months of December, January, February and March)
  • Neoprene gloves (essential during the months of December, January, February and March)
  • Neoprene hood/beanie (essential during the months of December, January, February and March)
  • Running shoes/trainers
  • Swimming costume

For group bookings the course can be run over a period of 3 months with sessions taking place on pre-agreed dates.


Get in touch with the team at Blue Response to enquire about a group booking for National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification.

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