Candidates who are current holders of RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) or National Vocation Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) are eligible to apply for an International Pool Lifeguard Certificate or International Surf Lifeguard Certificate (ILS).

How do I do this?

Before applying for the ILS certificate we recommend that you check with the location you will be visiting, to see what their lifeguard requirements are. 
It is possible that they may accept our NPLQ/NVBLQ Qualification, or they may want you to take their own qualification, or they may accept the NPLQ/NVBLQ as long as you hold the ILS certificate (International).
Click here to download the application form you need to complete. You will also need to provide two passport size photographs.  
Please return this form to:


Royal Life Saving Society
Red Hill House
227 London Road,
Please note your application will be dealt with immediately and sent to Belgium, where the expected turnaround time is approximately six weeks and the cost is £35 per certificate.
You can also view the equivalency list below which shows you the national lifesaving organisations that give and accept international certificates:
For more information please contact [email protected]