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Beach Lifeguard  Training Courses in Cornwall


6th – 10th March 2018

We are proud to offer the new national standard in Beach Lifeguarding , the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has teamed up with Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) Wales and Surf Life Saving (SLS) GB to develop a new national standard for beach lifeguarding.

The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) was launched in April along with new resources.

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 Institution (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.

Our courses will be based in Newquay, at our training beach in Newquay Harbour where we also have our classroom with locker, showers and parking.


Future Dates:


March 2018

April 2018 dates TBC

NVBLQ Course Pre-Requisites

Every candidate attending a NVBLQ 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 1.5 metres
Tread water for two minutes
Climb out of deep water unaided and without steps
Be competent at swimming in the sea
Be able to swim 400m in less than eight minutes


We will be in the sea for long periods:

  • 5/3 Wetsuit.
  • Hood/gloves
  • Warm clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Swim togs (no board-shorts)
  • Goggles
  • Notepad and pen
  • Whistle
  • Plenty of drinking water and food
  • Swim Fins

The NVBLQ lifeguard qualification is delivered over five days and independently assessed.

Candidates who are not successful have the option to retake any section which they fail within 28 days. Costs of the assessor and facility maybe incurred.