SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Award 

What is the SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Award?

This is the highest standard ILS recognised Beach Lifeguarding qualification in the UK - giving you the opportunity to work in our industry. You must hold an ILS recognised qualification to work as a surf instructor, coasteering guide or beach lifeguard in the UK. This qualification also allows you to work in a water safety team at events such as triathlons and open water swims.

UNITS COVERED

  • Beach Environment

  • Beach Patrolling

  • Working Practices

  • Communications

  • Basic Life Support

  • Level 1 and Level 2 First Aid

  • Pool Based Practical

  • Foundation Tube Rescuer

  • Foundation Ocean Board Rescuer

  • Supplementary Oxygen Administration

  • Spinal Extraction

  • Radio Communications

What will I learn during the course?

During this exciting course you will gain the knowledge and skills required to provide professional beach patrolling and surf rescue services. Alongside this you will learn basic life support, practical first aid protocols and gain theoretical understanding of these topics. The Surf Lifeguard course is physically demanding and will include swimming, paddling rescue boards, running and lifting. We will teach you a variety of units throughout 40 hours of guided learning using the latest and best training resources available. All units must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

What do I need to be able to do before starting the course? (Pre Requisites)

  • Speak fluent English

  • Swim 400m in a 25m pool in under 7 minutes 30 seconds

  • Run 200m in Under 40 seconds on a beach

  • Have previous basic experience of the beach and ocean environment 

  • If you are close to the fitness requirements we can provide guidance and training throughout the week to help you achieve the times

Your Trainer - Josh Surridge

Learn how to lifeguard from a British surf lifesaving champion, county swimming champion and RNLI beach lifeguard at 2 of the busiest and most dangerous beaches in the UK, Croyde and Woolacombe. Josh has a passion for teaching and has been doing so since he first started instructing surfing when he was 16. Since then he has had countless sporting achievements in swimming and surf life saving, alongside captaining Woolacombe Surf Lifesaving Club and coaching the youth team. He now spends his summers training with British elite series competitor, 4x Croyde triathlon champion Jack Hutchens and European Surf Life Saving Champion Bob Whittaker.