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International Beach Lifeguard Courses

BEACH LIFEGUARD COURSE OVERVIEW

The Era Adventures beach lifeguard training school is based on the Cornish coast in Polzeath, but also operates at Fistral Beach in Newquay. Due to being one of the only schools in the UK to have a mobile unit, we can deliver these qualifications and lifeguard training anywhere in the UK and worldwide. Just check out our video below to see what training in Costa Rica would feel like!

We are an incredibly skilled and experienced group of lifeguards and trainers here at Era Adventures, having worked on countless beaches worldwide. You can meet the team who would be giving you your training on our meet the team page, plus check out our facilities. With real first-hand experience in dealing with rescues, drownings, resuscitations and first aid, you’ll benefit from all of our experience that we apply to your meticulous training preparing you for your new career ahead of you.

Beach lifeguard qualifications we offer

We offer a range of lifeguard courses of varying intensity and refresher courses for those who need to re-register with the relevant recognised bodies. We also offer combined course packages so as you can become an internationally recognised surf instructor too.

All of the beach lifeguard certifications we deliver are international recognised beach lifeguard awards (ILS) ranging from junior life saving through to advanced beach lifeguard qualifications.

These courses are not for the faint hearted! The training involves running, swimming and rescuing plus dragging casualties through the surf zone and up the beach using rescue boards and rescue tubes. The courses also cover lifeguard and first aid theory, basic life support and spinal management.

Prerequisites

In order to be a candidate on one of our courses, you must be over the age of 16.

If you intend to do a combined course of level 2 surf instructor and the RLSS beach lifeguard award, you will need to be 18 years of age, and have held your ISA level 1 surf coach award for 2 years.

In terms of fitness and swimming ability, you will need to be able to swim 400 metres in under seven minutes and thirty seconds for the SLSGB Lifeguard Award and eight minutes for the RLSS Lifeguard Qualification.

Beach Lifeguard Course Rates

  • SLSGB 6 day intensive Beach Lifeguard Course - £275
  • RLSS 5 day intensive Beach Lifeguard Course (NVBLQ) - £245
  • RLSS 3 day refresher NBLQ (Within 2 years of Assessment) - £155
  • Combined Course Package RLSS Beach Lifeguard & ISA Surf Coach Level 1 - £500
  • Combined Course Package RLSS Beach Lifeguard & ISA Surf Coach Level 2 - £600

Student Discounts available call 01208 862 963 for details.

What Job opportunities are there after passing your Beach Lifeguard qualification?

Both International Beach Lifeguard Qualifications we offer not only give you the ticket you need to become an RNLI Beach lifeguard or validate the ISA Surf coach awards they also enable you to work in a wide range of water-based activities such Coasteering and Sit-on-top Kayaking and are the fundamental award to have for most Ocean based activity centres.

You can also gain employment and hone your skills as part of the water safety and Medical team for various water-based and land Events that are held throughout the season in Cornwall and the UK check out these websites for more info! http://www.eventwatersafety.org.uk/ and http://www.era-adventures.co.uk/event-safety-management

Course Details

SLSGB beach lifeguard course 

Price: £275 per person
Duration: 6 days
Location: Cornwall, UK & Worldwide

The SLSGB beach lifeguard course is the highest quality award available in the UK. Internationally recognised for beack lifeguards worldwide this award will allow you to progress to become a full NARS beach lifeguard either here in the UK or abroad. This is also the preferred qualification taken by RNLI lifeguards in the UK.

The qualification covers fitness, essential lifeguarding skills including rescue, life support and first aid both delivered in the classroom and out in the open water. You’ll need to be a minimum of 16 years of age and once you qualify, the certificate is valid for 36 months.

Whilst the course we deliver may vary in timing the syllabus is pretty regimented to adhere to the highest of standards. You should expect to cover:

  • Fitness tests including swimming and running on the beach to time restraints
  • Swimming skills including surface dives
  • Unconscious rescues
  • Using rescue apparatus appropriately
  • Beach lifeguard signals
  • Simulating rescue situations
  • Rescuing both conscious, unconscious and non-breathing patients
  • Basic life support including CPR, recovery positions, opening airways and spinal management
  • Providing patient aftercare
  • Working individually and as a lifeguard leader

In order to progress through your training, you will have to pass the initial fitness and releases core part of the syllabus prior to moving on to the lifeguard skills, knowledge and rescue skills sections. At the end of the formal training, you will be expected to take a short assessment examination covering the above syllabus.

We did say the courses isn’t for the fainthearted! If you have any doubts about your suitability, or are unsure about any aspects of the syllabus, just get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to answer any of the questions you might have. We’re sure we’ve heard them all before!

RLSS beach lifeguard course (NVBLQ)

Price: £245 per person
Duration: 5 days
Location: Cornwall, UK & Worldwide

The RLSS beach lifeguard course is a slightly different award but never the less is an essential qualification to work as a lifeguard on beaches here in the UK. It is also recognised in many countries abroad too. The courses obviously gives you the opportunity to take on a job as a beach lifeguard and not only allows you to progress towards surf instructor status too (since it is a prerequisite to the course) but also provides a solid foundation of medical first aid to lead towards a career in the emergency services too.

On completing this award, you will be considered competent enough to be responsible for the safety of others at the beach and other open water locations whether inland or at coastal, surf, river and estuarial sites.

Similarly to the SSLGB lifeguard course, there are some basic competencies you will have to have in terms of fitness. You should expect to spend up to 5 hours a day in the water, so need to be a strong swimmer!

The training on this course is not dissimilar to the SSLGB qualification. It is made up of 5 core modules including life guarding theory, resuscitation techniques, pool work, classroom based activates and work in the open water.

Beyond skills and expertise that you would expect from a lifeguard award including rescue skills, appropriate use and maintenance of equipment and beach safety operations procedures, you’ll also need to learn, adapt and improve on your own physical fitness, awareness, self-discipline, team working abilities and safe supervision of others.

Expect to cover in the syllabus of this course:

  • Lifeguard theory
  • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation including the use of defibrillators
  • First aid administration on site and away from the water
  • Pool Skills
  • Open Water Skills including sea rescues using a variety of equipment

In order to satisfy the requirements for recevibng your award, an independent RLSS qualified assessor will examine your knowledge and understanding of the essential principles for safe practises as a beach lifeguard. The qualification is valid for two years after receipt.

Likewise with any of our courses and qualifications, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more details. We are always more than happy to answer any of your questions!

RLSS beach lifeguard refresher course (NVBLQ)

To be taken within 2 years of assessment
Price: £155 per person
Duration: 3 days
Location: Cornwall, UK & Worldwide

For those who need to maintain their status with the RLSS, we offer a 3 day refresher course which can be undertaken within two years of your initial assessment. Just drop us a line to find out about the next course availability or look at our course dates for 2015 here.

Combined course packages

RLSS Beach Lifeguard & ISA Surf Coach Level 1

Price: £500 per person
Location: Cornwall, UK & Worldwide

RLSS Beach Lifeguard & ISA Surf Coach Level 2

Price: £600 per person
Location: Cornwall, UK & Worldwide

We offer two combined course packages that allow you to progress on with your career to become an internationally recognised surf instructor. The RLSS beach lifeguard award is a prerequisite to either of the surf coach awards, so combining the two is a great way to kick start a trajectory into a new career avenue.

What Job opportunities are there after passing your Beach Lifeguard qualification?

Both International Beach Lifeguard Qualifications we offer not only give you the ticket you need to become an RNLI Beach lifeguard or validate the ISA Surf coach awards they also enable you to work in a wide range of water-based activities such Coasteering and Sit-on-top Kayaking and are the fundamental award to have for most Ocean based activity centres.

You can also gain employment and hone your skills as part of the water safety and Medical team for various water-based and land Events that are held throughout the season in Cornwall and the UK check out these websites for more info! http://www.eventwatersafety.org.uk/ and http://www.era-adventures.co.uk/event-safety-management

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For more details about either level of ISA surf instructor training courses we offer, have a look over our dedicated course pages. If you have any queries regarding the course dates or availability then please contact us on 01208 862 963 or fill out our online enquiry form and we’ll be back in touch with you as soon as possible. Student Discounts available.

Call 01208 862 963

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