Your final exam to gain the Beach Lifeguard qualification is not the end of your training, in fact it is only the start. The course will give you the basic skills needed to become a lifeguard but you will learn far more by gaining experience by continuing training or working either paid or voluntary as a lifeguard.
We always welcome qualified lifeguards into the club, wherever you initially completed your training.
To renew your qualification, you must have written evidence of at least 20 hours of training in beach lifeguard skills, theory, CPR and first aid. There is a formal ongoing training programme to cover all the appropriate skills, but training doesn't have to be formal. Ongoing training is meant to be fun so could just mean going for a swim or board paddle. It's a chance to meet other lifeguards in a friendly environment, and also join in with the social activities. A qualified trainer is always available to supervise training, either dry side or water work. Rescue equipment available for training includes a selection of rescue boards, skis and canoes, along with torpedo buoys and other personal safety equipment.
Beach Lifeguard training takes place throughout the year at our beach base. Changing and shower facilities are available, along with kitchen facilities, toilets and training rooms. Formal training takes place on the third Saturday of every month, but there is often informal training most weeks which could be having a swim, practising on boards or getting used to the conditions. Keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages to find out days and times.
There are a number of additional qualifications which can be taken to further your knowledge and skills. These include using defibrillators, rescue boats and further first aid qualifications. You could also become a pool lifeguard if you aren't already.
You may also be interested in assisting with teaching Rookies - recognised teaching qualifications can be delivered within the club and within a few years you could be training the next generation of lifeguards! Volunteering as a Rookie Instructor or Lifesaving Trainer will give you great teaching experience and will look fantastic on job and university applications. If you would like to get involved take a look at our volunteering page.
You can come along for 2 weeks without obligation, and after the first two weeks if you decide to continue you must become a member of NSVL for insurance purposes. There is no charge for beach training sessions, but beach lifeguards are encouraged to come to the pool session as well. Any member assisting during Rookies session (as a lifeguard, teacher, assistant or poolside helper) is entitled to a free pool session that week, otherwise entry is £2.