One of the key factors of the new programme is the clear pathway from Rookie to Lifeguard. Rookies can easily transition into the new programme, as can new candidates to lifesaving through the accessible and challenging Bronze Lifesaving Certificate.

The National Lifesaving Academy provides the opportunity to test skills in a number of environments and ultimately progress through a pathway to be part of the next generation of pool, beach and open water lifeguards.

Lifesaving candidates may choose to master their skills in one environment, or they may chose to develop in all three environments. Progression through the awards includes developing life support in every award. After achieving a medallion in a strand, lifesavers will have developed expert skills and abilities, and will be able to remove 7 hours of teaching  from the respective lifeguard qualification - either NPLQ, NVBLQ or OWL.

Following the completion of a Medallion, candidates can chose to take the National Lifesaving Academy Distinction. 

                                    National Lifesaving Academy Award Journey 


The Distinction award

The highest achievement within the RLSS UK National Lifesaving Academy programme is the Distinction award. This is awarded to candidates who achieve any single Bronze Medallion award and, with the 24-month validity period, also attain an Assistant/Instructor award or a minimum of thirty hours of volunteering or relevant work experience.