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Lifeguard Training


National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification

NVBLQ – National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification

What is NVBLQ?

Surf Life Saving Wales, RLSS, and SLS GB have agreed to to offer a qulification which sets a commom standard for beach lifeguarding and satisfies the requirements specified by lifeguard service operators.

The qualification will be delivered and awarded by SLSA Wales. Endorsed by International Life Saving Federation, National Water Safety Forum Beach Advisory Group and the RNLI


  • 27th March
  • 17th april
  • 24th april
  • 8th May
  • 22nd May
  • 5th June
  • 4th September
  • 6th November


  • Must already hold NVBLQ or Equivalent
  • 29th March
  • 19th April
  • 26th April
  • 10th May
  • 24th May
  • 7th June
  • 6th September
  • 8th November


  • Be at least 16 years of age on the date of assessment
  • Be able to swim 400m in under 8 minutes
  • Be able to complete a 200m beach run in under 40 secs


  • Foundation lifeguard knowledge and skills
  • Foundation surf competence and knowledge
  • Foundation paddle board competence and knowledge
  • Foundation rescue tube competence and knowledge
  • Surf Lifeguard Fitness Test
  • Adult Basic Life Support
  • Aquatic First Aid


40 hours Training – 6 days with the assessment on the 6th day. A full week’s training with required evening work.


£295 – includes Surf Life Saving Wales or SLSGB membership, Certification and all literature needed.

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