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RLSS Beach Lifeguard Qualification

Start your career on the cornish coast with OA Surf Club, through our RLSS Beach Lifeguard course.

Working on the beaches is an incredibly rewarding and diverse job. The RLSS NVBLQ qualification is an essential requirement for anyone who would like to work as a surf coach or beach lifeguard, being internationally recognised it is a great qualification to work while traveling.

The full Beach Lifeguard course is suitable for those new to becoming a beach lifeguard, it is completed over 5 days, with the assessment on the 6th day.  

If you are already a qualified beach lifeguard and would like to renew your qualification then you can join a shorter course of 3 days, to do this your qualification must still be in date.

2024 RLSS Beach lifeguard course dates

Course dates are now live and available to book, please enquire for details.


Sun 21st - Fri 26th April 2024

Sun 22nd - Fri 27th September 2024


Sun 20th - Friday 25th October 2024

The full course Costs £350 and is completed over 6 days.  5 days of training and the last day is your assessment.

The 3 day renewal course costs £250pp

We can also offer accommodation for those completing their RLSS Beach Lifeguard qualification.

Stay with us at a discounted rate.

Course Requirements, Content and Assessment

Every candidate attending a RLSS Beach lifeguard course must:

  • Be 16-years-old or over at the time of the assessment
  • Have a good level of fitness
  • Surface dive to a depth of 2 metres
  • Be competent at swimming in the sea
  • Before the course, candidates must be able to swim at least 200 metres in a pool (of recommended length 25 metres, but no less than 20 metres) in five minutes or less
  • For the assessment, candidates must be able to swim 400 metres in a pool (recommended 25 metres, but no less than 20 metres) in eight minutes or less using a continuous front stroke and showing urgency

Course Content

The NVBLQ covers 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 four modules and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

  • Module 1 – Beach Lifeguarding – Knowledge and Understanding
  • Module 2 – Life Support and First Aid
  • Module 3 – Ocean Skills
  • Module 4 – Pool Skills


The NVBLQ assessment takes place at the end of the course. It determines your competence, skills and knowledge of working as a beach lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a beach environment.

The assessment is split into five elements:

  • Beach Lifeguard and First Aid Theory
  • Life Support and First Aid
  • First Aid Practical
  • Ocean Skills
  • Pool Skills

Get your qualification

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