Beach Lifeguard Course, February 2014

Created on Sunday, 05 January 2014 Written by NSVL

Beach Lifeguarding is a fun, rewarding and challenging job.  The RLSS UK National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) is recognised by beach operators across the UK and Ireland and covers all the skills involved with rescue, resuscitation, first aid and beach supervision.  Many of those who have completed the NBLQ course with NSVL have gone on to work on local beaches in North Tyneside, Sunderland and Hartlepool, as well as further afield.  

NSVL will run a Beach Lifeguard course from 22nd February, subject to numbers.  Those interested must be able to attend a pre-course swim test on Saturday 15th February, 6:30pm at Tynemouth Pool.  Applicants must be able to swim 400m in 8 minutes or less.

Date/times: Saturdays from 22nd February, times to be confirmed.  

Location: NSVL Beach base/Tynemouth Pool

Cost: £160 

Contact: Joe Welsh ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

This course is subject to numbers so please let Joe know ASAP if you are interested or would like further information and pass on to anyone you think may be interested. More information on the content of the course can be found in the Beach Lifeguard section.

Visit the Beach Lifeguard section for information on what's involved, pre-requisites and frequently asked questions.  To register complete the course application form at the bottom of this page and return to Joe Welsh.

**NSVL must point out that recruitment for 2014 Beach Lifeguard jobs starts in January, therefore we cannot guarantee eligibility to apply.  Please contact RNLI directly for more information on jobs.**


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AGM Report 2013

Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 Written by Paula Richardson

The Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 2nd November at the NSVL Beach Base.  Both adult and junior members attended to find out what the club has achieved over the last year.  This was followed by the North Tyneside fireworks display and a BBQ on the promenade.  

Read more: AGM Report 2013

13 new Rookie Instructors

Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 Written by NSVL

On Saturday 2nd November NSVL ran a Rookie Instructor course for our volunteers.  13 of our instructors attended the course, which was led by Malcolm Dunn and organised by Paula Richardson.  

Malcolm started the day by asking the group to think about how many qualifications or awards they held.  We worked out that between the 13 candidates there were 95 awards, including Pool and Beach Lifeguard, First Aid at Work, Assistant Instructor and Survive and Save.  It was brilliant to realise how much our volunteers have achieved as a result of their hard work and commitment to the club.  We then thought about why our Rookies come to NSVL and why we as volunteers continue to lifeguard and teach at sessions week in, week out.  Responses included 'you get a sense of achievement when a child learns something new or does something they couldn't do before'.  Others said 'it's a sense of responsibility that we don't get in other areas of our life' and 'we're treated like adults by the older and more experienced teachers'.  

We continued to discuss what makes 'good' teaching and how this maps onto the Rookie Lifeguard programme.   We also looked at the resources provided for Rookie Instructors by RLSS UK and how we could use the schemes of work and sessions plans to help us organise our lessons.  The highlight for many candidates was being given their blue and yellow Instructor pack!  

Our teachers do a fantastic job and we believe it is important to provide training and support to make sure our Rookies can come along, learn new things and enjoy sessions each week.  If you are interested in volunteering with NSVL visit the volunteering page for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


26th October - Time change

Created on Sunday, 20 October 2013 Written by NSVL

 Due to a gala this session will be held later than usual.  Juniors (Rookies/Survive and Save Bronze) will be 6-7pm and seniors (Survive and Save Silver/Gold and adults) 7-8pm.  

Rookie Instructor Course

Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 Written by NSVL

NSVL will be running a Rookie Instructor course on 2nd November, time TBC (approx 4 hours).  The course is free to NSVL members who teach regularly at pool sessions.  

Candidates must be 16 or over and hold a lifeguarding or lifesaving award.  The course cover class management and the structure of the Rookie Lifeguard programme.  

Please contact Paula (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like a place or have any questions. 

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