NVBLQ Beach Lifeguard Course

Outdoor Instructor Training

NVBLQ Beach Lifeguard Course


Become an internationally recognised beach lifeguard
Duration: 5 days
Comprehensive Lifeguarding practice and theory training
Location: Newquay Activity Centre HQ, Towan Beach

Newquay Activity Centre is proud to offer the new international standard of Beach Lifeguarding, the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) in Newquay.

Do you have the fitness and determination to chase a dream job and become a qualified beach lifeguard? This award gives you the core resources needed for a future in any ocean-based vocation and will set you up for a life of coastal expertise!

Beach Lifeguard Training Course

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2020 Course Dates

NVBLQ (5 Days)

March 30th – 3rd April
April 20th – 24th
May 18th -22nd
June 8th – 12th
June 22nd – 26th
July 6th – 10th
July 27th – 31st
September 14th – 18th
September 28th – 2nd October
October 12th – 16th

SCSR (3 Days)

April 1st – 3rd
April 22nd – 24th
May 20th -22nd
June 10th – 12th
June 24th – 26th
July 8th – 10th
June 29th – 31st
September 16th – 18th
September 30th – 2nd October
October 14th – 16th

The definitive lifeguard qualification

During this 40-hour course you will receive comprehensive instruction on beach lifeguarding and rescue techniques, first aid, life support, ocean skills and pool skills. You’ll also cover lifeguarding theory in classroom sessions to underpin your practical training.


The NVBLQ is endorsed by the International Life Saving Federation and Surf Lifesaving GB (SLSGB) and will enable you to work around the globe as a fully qualified Beach Lifeguard. It is also the preferred qualification for consideration into the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).


This course requires competent swimming skills and a high level of fitness. You will be tested in both during the week through a timed pool swim and a final skills / scenario assessment.

  • 16+ years old
  • Able to swim 400m in under eight minutes
  • 25 metre pool swim followed by 25metres underwater in under 50 seconds
  • Good level of fitness
  • Experience of board paddling and sea swimming

Course Units

  • Foundation Ocean Board Rescuer
  • Beach Environment
  • First Aid
  • Beach Patrolling
  • Working Practices
  • Basic Life Support
  • Pool Based Practical
  • Communications
  • Foundation Tube Rescuer

Newquay Activity Centre in Cornwall is a certified ISA and Surfing England Centre of Excellence and NVBLQ Training Centre. This means you’re guaranteed the highest level of tuition in the industry.

So drop us a line or give our team a call and we’ll sort you out, proper job! Call 01637 877722, lines open from 8am-10pm.


What’s Included

Do I need to have previous experience?
Specific lifeguarding experience is not required, as you will cover everything you need during the comprehensive course. However, previous water experience will help with your ability to tackle essential lifeguarding tasks and techniques, including rescue board paddling and swimming out through surf. Extra background knowledge about the coastal environments will also be useful.
If I want to become a Surfing Instructor, do I need to do the NVBLQ course?
The NVBLQ is the core qualification for any lifeguarding position. However, there is the option to do a combined course called the Surf Coach Safety and Rescue award, specifically designed for outdoor instructors who need a lifesaving qualification.
How long is the course?
It will take 40 hours to complete.
What equipment will we use?
During the course you will learn to use surf rescue boards, Peterson rescue tubes, first aid kits and lifeguarding equipment for injury treatment and stabilisation.
Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)

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