SLSGB Beach Lifeguard Qualification

The SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Qualification is an essential qualification for those hoping to work on beaches in the UK or further afield. It’s a physically demanding course including swimming and running to set times as well as manual handling of casualties and equipment. It is widely regarded as the gold standard qualification amongst the beach lifeguarding community.

The following pre-requisites apply to all learners attending this course:

  • Must be 16 years old or over on the first day of the course
  • Must be able to swim 400m in 7 minutes and 30 seconds or less
  • Hold a current SLSGB membership  


  • 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 delivered on the beach, 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. 

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

Sea temperatures can vary depending on the time of year, hence so does the kit you will require as part of your PPE. You’ll need to bring the following with you each day in order to participate in this course:

  • Full length wet suit (minimum of 5/4/3mm essential during the months of December, January, February & March)
  • Neoprene boots/shoes (essential 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



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

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