SLSGB Surf Lifeguard FAQ

//SLSGB Surf Lifeguard FAQ
SLSGB Surf Lifeguard FAQ2018-03-15T10:24:20+00:00
The SLSGB Beach Lifeguard (or NARS as it used to be known) has now been renamed “Surf Lifeguard”. The SLSGB Surf Lifeguard is the highest obtainable award for those wishing to work as a Beach Lifeguard here in the United Kingdom. What separates this qualification from others is the time required for the 400m pool swim, the use of oxygen and rescue board. This award is specifically surf endorsed.
You must be physically fit and able to swim 400 metres in under 7 minutes 30 seconds, (the first 200m in under 3 mins 30 secs) as well as run 200m on the beach in under 40 seconds. Please make sure you can achieve these times prior to attending the course.
People who want to work as beach lifeguards, surf instructors, outdoor activity instructors or who want to embark on careers in rescue and emergency care.
The course runs over five days and the assessment will take place on the final day. You will be assessed by external examiners from SLSGB. This is not a pay-to-pass course. If you don’t meet the required standard set out by SLSGB, you won’t be signed off as competent and you will need to re-take the exam at a later date.
Candidates will have to demonstrate their knowledge and capabilities in the following core competencies; lifeguarding theory, CPR, First Aid, spinal management and open water skills including board and tube rescue.
Previous experience is desirable but not essential as all training will be provided during the course. Having basic board skills and a knowledge of the beach and ocean environments will help.
On day one of all our courses we meet at Harlyn Surf School located on the beach at Harlyn Bay. Our theory sessions are delivered in Trevone, a three-minute drive away. Wet sessions are delivered back on the beach at Harlyn. Other training venues are available and if you have a group and would like us to provide training at your venue please email us.
Yes, you will need your own vehicle or have someone to drop you off and pick you up. People on the course normally end up car sharing once everyone has got to know each other on day one. Please do not worry if this is a major problem for you. We realise some of you travel from overseas and have used public transport to get to us. If this is a problem, then please notify us prior to the course starting.
You can drink as much tea and coffee as is humanly possible but you will need to either bring a packed lunch or have money to buy something. St Merryn has a fantastic bakery and Padstow Tesco is up the road.
Candidates must be age 16 on the day of the exam.
24 months from the date of assessment.
We don’t offer accommodation but can recommend a few options in the local area.Treyarnon Youth Hostel – 5 minutes away from us by car and surrounded by great surf beaches. It’s hugely popular so book early. To check availability please call 01841 520 322.

Higher Harlyn Park – If you like the great outdoors, then consider this campsite which is 2 minutes away from the beach by car and conveniently close to the village of St Merryn. Higher Harlyn Park offers great facilities and views. Please contact their office on 01841 520 022.

The Harlyn Inn – A stone’s throw away from the beach. This pub is often lively on the weekend with live bands, and popular with the local surf community. 01841 520 207.

£300 including SLSGB membership, training manual, exam fee and certification.
The Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award is specifically designed for surf coaches who need to have a lifesaving qualification. It does not contain a timed pool swim and cannot be used to apply for beach lifeguard jobs. We run both courses together but the group is then split for assessment.
The surf lifeguard qualification allows you to work as a lifeguard on beaches in Britain and is valid in many countries worldwide. It is also a stepping-stone onto other courses and careers in rescue and emergency management.