What will you do and where will it take you?
The SLSGB Surf Lifeguard course consists of First Aid, basic life support, and lots of time in the surf developing rescue skills and patient care using rescue boards and rescue tubes. You will be taught how to administer oxygen to casualties, how to use radios and how to recognise and rescue people in trouble in the water whether conscious or unconscious. Defibrillator training is also included. By the end of the week you will have a solid foundation of all aspects of surf lifeguarding and be ready to apply for employment with the lifeguard service. You could consider doing our Combined Course which includes the Level 1 Surf Instructor award. Gaining two qualifications enhances your employment opportunities. The Surf Lifeguard course will expand your knowledge of the ocean and act as a stepping-stone towards a career on the beach working as a lifeguard or within the emergency services.
Our course presenters are time served and have been running lifeguard courses in the UK and Europe for nearly 20 years. The SLSGB Surf lifeguard course is the gold standard course. You must be physically fit and able to swim 400m in a pool in under 7 mins 30 secs with the first 200m in under 3 mins 30 secs. This criteria has been set following extensive physical research in to the efficiency of a lifeguards fitness. Please make sure that before enrolling on this course you can achieve this swim time and that you can also run 200m in under 40 secs. Ocean board skills and a knowledge of the sea are not essential but are preferred. For those that don’t have prior experience we will provide all the training required during the 5 day course. The course runs from Mon – Friday, 4 days of training 9 – 4.30pm and the exam is on the Friday. You will need to join SLSGB at a cost of £25. Head office contact details are 01392 369111 or click here to to join online. Please email your membership number to us as soon as you have it so we can enrol you on the course. We are unable to enrol you on a course if we dont have your membership number.
Please note due to Covid -19 all 2020 courses have been postponed. We will resume training in 2021 and there will be some major changes to the training practices and assessments. These are being finalised and we will announce on the website as soon as they are sorted.
Surf Lifesaving Great Britain (SLSGB) pioneered surf lifesaving here in the United Kingdom. Their Surf Lifeguard award, formally known as the Beach Lifeguard award is the highest obtainable qualification in the country for those wishing to work within the surf environment as lifeguards. It’s internationally recognised and has taken many British lifeguards to work around the world including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The SLSGB Surf Lifeguard qualification is the preferred award of SLSGB’s partner, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Please see the course information below for pre-requisites, fitness tests and full syllabus.