During COVID-19 some adjustments have been made to NVBLQ training and assessments. Where skill cannot be performed in full slight adjustments have been made and are detailed below.

NVBLQ qualifications awarded with ‘COVID restrictions’ on the certificate will have been assessed using the adjustments below. Operators/Employers should competency test the NVBLQ holder to ensure there are competent to carry out the necessary skills to work within the venue/facility.

Component

Adjustment for training/assessment during COVID-19

More than one casualty

Candidates should demonstrate the skill without physical contact and with a description.

Wading with a rescue tube

Adapt the skill to use 2 Lifeguards, LG1 to perform the rescue, LG2 to recover the casualty.

LG1 enters the water with rescue tube, maintaining distance as per guidance and passes the rescue tube to the casualty. They then recover the casualty to the shore, maintaining distance.

LG2 takes over in PPE to assist the casualty ashore and perform First Aid where required, following distancing guidance.

Escaping from the casualty

Candidates should demonstrate the skill without physical contact of another person and with a description.

Defensive Block using a rescue tube

Candidates should demonstrate the skill without physical contact and with a description.

Turning a casualty

Use a submersible manikin.

Catching a wave – with a casualty

As this skill requires close contact, it is strongly recommended that this skill is performed with a member from the same household as the candidate. The casualty must be facing away from the candidate as much as possible through the skill.

If this is not possible, candidates should demonstrate the skill without physical contact and with a description.

Board rescues – conscious casualty

The rescue board technique should be taught in chest height water that has no risk that water will come close to/above the neck (face masks MUST not get wet).

Board rescues – unconscious casualty

The rescue board technique should be taught in chest height water that has no risk that water will come close to/above the neck (face masks MUST not get wet).

Rescuing a conscious casualty with a rescue tube (method 2)

This technique should be taught in chest height water that has no risk that water will come close to/above the neck (face masks MUST not get wet).

Rescuing more than 1 conscious casualty with rescue tube

This technique should be taught in chest height water that has no risk that water will come close to/above the neck (face masks MUST not get wet).

Rescuing an unconscious casualty with a rescue tube

Skill completed using a submersible manikin and in water rescue breaths must be simulated.

Bringing a casualty back to the shore using a rescue tube

Skill completed using a submersible manikin.

Extended arm tow and cross-chest tow

Skill completed using a submersible manikin.

Fitness test

During COVID-19 the fitness test will be - 200m run, 200m swim, 200m run.