National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification updated to support the RNLI

15 June 2017

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has updated its National Vocational Beach Lifeguard manual (NVBLQ) to support lifeguards throughout the UK. Many work for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards, who patrol over 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands.

In the wake of the tragedies at Camber Sands last summer the RNLI expressed its commitment to helping visitors to Camber Sands enjoy the beach safely. In preparation for the summer season, the already qualified beach lifeguards at Camber Sands have undergone a two-week induction programme that covers advanced first aid, search and rescue techniques and an in-depth look at the risks specific to Camber Sands.

RLSS UK supported the RNLI by updating the NVLBQ candidate manual in conjunction with SLSA Wales, with new course materials and resources provided. The aim of the new NVBLQ candidate manual and delivery resources is to aid trainers to deliver high quality beach lifeguard training to their candidates and to get well trained and qualified beach lifeguards.

From October 2016, through to March 2017, RLSS UK worked to update all RLSS UK NVBLQ Trainer Assessors with how to deliver beach lifeguard courses and assessments using the new material. With the development of the new NVBLQ candidate manual the RLSS UK has also updated its beach lifeguard trainer assessor course enabling the RLSS UK to train new trainer assessors throughout the UK to a high standard required for this challenging environment. Several courses have already taken place and both trainers and candidates are thrilled with the new resources.

The NVBLQ is comprised of four modules over a six-day period and covers all elements of beach lifeguard theory, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, pool skills and open water skills.