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 Qualification (NVBLQ) to support 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 programme, course materials and resources provided as part of the course. The aim of this new-look qualification is to develop a new, higher, national standard for beach lifeguarding.

From October 2016, through to March 2017, RLSS UK worked to update all NVBLQ Trainer Assessors with how to deliver NVBLQ courses and assessment using the new material. 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.