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

Do you have the fitness and determination to chase your dream job and become a qualified beach lifeguard? Newquay Activity Centre is proud to offer the new international standard of beach lifeguarding, the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) in Newquay,run in association with Four Elements Adventure. 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!


During this 40-hour course you will receive comprehensive instruction on beach lifeguarding. This will include key functions such as 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.


We are excellently located to take full advantage of our real-world outdoor training classroom. Towan beach is right on our doorstep and it’s here that your theory work will be put into practice through a selection of challenges and rescue scenarios. The Atlantic ocean provides consistent quality swell to push your physical limits, but it is also sheltered enough to be an ideal area for learning.


Lifeguarding can be mentally and physically demanding so we have designed this course to provide you with the correct tools to thrive in your new lifeguarding career. If you’re friendly and approachable, love spending your days on the beach and want to make a real difference in ocean safety; this is the course for you!



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. This is a great qualification if you love to travel but would like that peace of mind around finding work. 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 aspects during the week through a timed pool swim and a final skills / scenario assessment. You are also required to be/have:


  • 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



  • 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 takes ocean-based training awards seriously; we have the qualifications and experience to consistently maintain a high level of safety and enjoyment. We are a two-time Gold winner at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards. Our ocean-based instructor qualifications in Newquay are designed to help you thrive in a new and enjoyable career.


Our friendly and knowledgeable instructors are experienced in delivering coach qualifications in Cornwall whilst making them as informative and enjoyable as possible. All of our instructors are highly qualified and experienced in working with people from all backgrounds. We pride ourselves on inclusion and adapt our sessions to suit all ages and abilities. We’re not happy unless you’re happy, so book your ocean-based instructor qualification today for a new, enjoyable and rewarding career!



Our purpose-designed centre, conveniently located near Towan beach, is your one-stop shop for ocean adventure activities in Newquay. When you book with Newquay Activity Centre you get the care, attention, knowledge and feedback that you need.


On site we have hot outdoor showers, heated changing rooms, lockers, separate male and female toilets and clothing storage. We also have a hire centre for all of your needs after your session. Extend your day of ocean fun and check out our hire equipment.


Book online today or contact us via our online chat where our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions. Book tomorrow’s qualification today!

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?

The course will take 40 hours to complete which is typically split over 5 days.

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.






This course is run in association with Four Elements Adventure
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What’s Included

40-hour NVBLQ Lifeguard Course
Classroom-based theory and beachside practical sessions
Industry-leading course tutors with international experience
Timed pool swim session
Ocean rescue assessments
First Aid theory and practical lessons
Free tea and coffee
Central Newquay location
Close to accommodation options
Free use of Rip Curl wetsuits, rash vests, rescue tubes, rescue boards, first aid kits
Heated changing rooms
Hot outdoor showers and separate male & female toilets
On-site storage and lock boxes for your valuables
Visiting with your dog? We have a selection of dog-friendly options to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun! Get in touch via our online chat to find out more today
Discount card for apres surf food and drink at local cafes and eateries
Customer discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl store (15%)

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