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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

I need more info on what I will have to do ?   What fitness will I require?
What do I need to know about Weather  and Tides ?   Can I train as a Surf Lifeguard ?
What if I want to work abroad ?   What are BLUE FLAG  Beaches ?
How do I plan my Training ?   Do I have to be a good Swimmer ?
Do I have to be a Surfer ?   Where might I find a Course ?

Most if not all the answers should be available or accessible here or through the links provided  - if not, please email us.





  Check out this page on Beach/Surf Lifeguarding with the most Frequently Asked Questions. Are you concerned as to the level of fitness and swimming abilities you should have for the course? Then this page is aimed at answering your questions about the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification. There are excellent tips and a training programme for the under 8 minutes timed swim.  Do remember to .....read all of the page !!

You will find full information on BEACH LIFEGUARD courses made known to us by the organisers on ourCourses page now.

You may opt for residential or non-residential on almost all courses. Centres are registered Beach Lifeguard Training Units and details on costs of all activities are available directly from the Centres or on their websites. Remember they offer a host of exciting activities and opportunities to develop a vast range of all your sporting skills not just lifeguarding!! Check them out now - not to mention the surf. You are guaranteed some brilliant surprises, make lots of new friends and  sure to get wet !! 

You may email us for both the 'Candidate Course Application Form'  and the 'Candidate Medical Consent Form'  or they made be obtained directly from your Trainer or Centre. These are required for submission in advance of the course to the Training Centre of your choice.

    The secret of success is training, confidence, commitment and hard work. That is what will make you a good Lifeguard. That's your target!!



Weather and Tides in Ireland


  If you are a Beach Lifeguard then it is essential  to your job to be totally aware of the tide time tables for your beach. Or indeed if you intend going swimming, sailing, fishing or boating, then you need to update to the most recent  sea area forecasts. Click on the MET ÉIREANN logo now to go straight to their website.  MET ÉIREANN is the Irish National Meteorological Service.  It is the leading provider of weather information and related services for Ireland. View the most up to date MET ÉIREANN  Coastal Reports.


    OK, so now you need to determine what time is high water.  Check the tide for today with the compliments of THE IRISH TIMES.


  Do you  know where the Irish Coastguard stations are located ?  Click on the picture for a full view and list in the Republic of Ireland. Remember in a Marine Emergency dial 112 or 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
  Where are the BLUE FLAG beaches located ?  Click on the picture of the Flag to go to the link for a full view and list in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.









   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

Check out these three Video links -

Lifeguard Competency Tests
Lifeguard Fitness Tests
Lifeguard IRB and RWC Tests

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 patterns and 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 ?

Are over 16 years of age?


Before you enter and join a  course you MUST be able to SWIM 200M IN UNDER 5 MINUTES  in a pool of >25m. This is only to gain entry on a course.


Remember for the COURSE POOL TEST section  you are required to SWIM 400M IN UNDER 8 MINUTES  in a pool of >25m using a continuous front stroke.


You must be able to dive to a depth of 2m. without risking damage to your hearing.


Do you want to be lifeguard with PROVEN INTERNATIONAL RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS  then it is time........               

Book your place -  now on a course by contacting one of the Beach Lifeguard Training Units on our 'Courses' page.

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Key Benefits

bulletPersonal Achievement and Peer Prestige
bulletInternational Recognition and Professional Qualifications
bulletJob Satisfaction and Opportunities for employment




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Last modified: 23/08/17