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National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has developed with Surf Life Saving (SLSA) Wales and Surf Life Saving (SLS) GB a new national standard for beach lifeguarding - the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)
The NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework. It will be offered by all three organisations and is endorsed by the National Water Safety Forum and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).
The NVBLQ will be recognised and promoted by RLSS UK, SLS GB, SLSA Wales as the national standard for vocational beach lifeguarding.
The NVBLQ course is a minimum of 40 hours long followed by a practical assessment on beach theory, life support, first aid, swimming pool practical and open water practical.
Upon qualifying with the NVBLQ, the certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.
This new VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION for Beach Lifeguarding offers the highest standards in the industry and afford candidates the knowledge and security of a vocational qualification which will have worldwide recognition.
'Beach Lifesaving Candidate Manual'
A Beach Lifeguard Manual to compliment the new NATIONAL VOCATIONAL BEACH LIFEGUARD QUALIFICATION (NVBLQ) is is now available !! All candidates participating in a NVBLQ course should have a copy of this book. It is essiental to your success on a course. Talk with Trainer or Centre.
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A small number of the first edition of the BEACH LIFEGUARD manual are still available and may be to purchased at a 'give away' price of €10.00 It remains a brilliant resource and reference book.
It contains ever thing you need to know about beach lifesaving and is a brilliant resource.
If you wish to acquire this book please contact us and for a small postage charge we can arrange to post it to you.
National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification Course
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How do I become a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Training Centre ?
Does your Outdoor Centre or Surf Club have all the facilities to become a registered Beach Lifeguard Training Unit ? What advantages are there in becoming a Training Unit and offering National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualifications? If you are interested in exploring these areas further or have additional questions please contact LIFEGUARDS IRELAND and we will be happy to discuss it with you.
Beach Lifeguard Hand Signals from the Shore -
Here are some of the hand signals used by Beach Lifeguards. You may now view these basic signals which are sent by the Lifeguard onshore in combination with the whistle, to the Lifeguard in the water. These are just a few samples and you should refer to your new beach Lifeguard manual for correct up to date information, including signals sent by the lifeguard in the water to the lifeguard onshore.
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NVBLQ Candidate Course Criteria Form -
If you have recently attended a National Beach Lifeguard Qualification course then we invite you to download, complete and return the Candidate Course Criteria form on our 'Documents Download' page. This form is strictly confidential and you are not obliged to complete same. However, if you choose to do so it may help in the future planning and improvement of NVBLQ courses.
Surf Safety - Jellyfish and Weever Fish !!
The EcoJel is a four year project funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is a collaboration between Swansea University (Wales) and University College Cork (Ireland). Click to open the link to EcoJel Project The aim to assess the opportunities and detrimental impacts of jellyfish in the Irish Sea.
In addition, wee have made available some of the best practical advice on Beach Safety including surfing rules, safety tips and beach safety codes. Also a leaflet on Jellyfish and their kin, and of course the weever fish! These files are now available to you on our 'Documents Download' page. We would like to thank James Ortiz, Beach Management and Development Officer, North Cornwall District Council for his kind help and allowing us to copy these files.
Must see Videos from the RNLI
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We wish to acknowledge the RNLI and the work and development of the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification..
Global Warming - Increasing Temperatures around Ireland ?
Check out the average temperatures and changing weather patternsand see just how warm our surface sea really is. Met Éireann is the Irish National Meteorological Service and is attached to the Department of the Environment, Heritage, and Local Government. It is the leading provider of weather information and related services for Ireland. Click on the Logo to view this important page and remember to check out their essential website for every aspect of Irish weather and much more!!
Well - are you ready then ?
Book your place - now on a course by contacting one of the Beach Lifeguard Training Units on our 'Courses' page.
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