Beach Lifeguard Course News

Beach Lifeguard Course News

Big news! Jack and Lewis have recently qualified to become trainers and assessors for our RLSS National Vocational Beach Lifeguard course. They’ll be running all our initial five day courses in 2022, and they are already selling out fast.  


Beach Lifeguard Trainers

With Will and John already qualified as RLSS assessors, we now have four fully qualified RLSS Beach Lifeguard trainers on our team. Added to this our seven ISA Level 2 qualified surf coaches and our 4 adaptive surfing qualified coaches and we feel mighty proud of our team’s expertise and experience.  

We don’t know of any other UK school/ training centre that has as many highly qualified instructors, do you? 


Who is the RLSS Beach Lifeguard Qualification aimed at?

The course is open to anyone looking to gain an internationally recognised beach lifeguard qualification. It’s also an essential requirement for anyone looking to go on to work as a surf instructor. 


What qualities make a good Beach Lifeguard?

A Beach Lifeguard should be:- 

  • A strong communicator
  • Excellent team player
  • Able to lead and always anticipate problems
  • Extremely observant
  • A strong swimmer and confident water person.
  • Calm and have patience (as when teaching swim lessons)
  • Aware of what’s going on around them at all times
  • Attentive to detail
  • Safety conscious at all times
  • Calm in an emergency


How fit do you need to be to train as a Beach Lifeguard?

Good general strength and fitness is required. Most importantly you need to be a strong swimmer, able to do a 400m pool swim in 8 mins. 


Is there an age restriction?

Anyone over 16 years can become a Beach Lifeguard. 


Do Beach Lifeguards have to be surfers?



What are the course requirements?

You have to complete both the practical and theory modules. This means spending time in the sea as well as completing classroom based theory sessions. The course is based on the RLSS Beach Lifeguard Qualification manual which is included in the course fee. 

You need to pass all the modules to gain your qualification. Candidates will be assessed on the final day by one of our RLSS assessors – Jack, Lewis, Will or John. They’ll be looking for good knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Lifeguard Theory
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Open water & rescue skills
  • Spinal management


Why choose SSW gain your Beach Lifeguard qualification?

Not only do we have some of the most qualified and experienced Beach Lifeguard trainers and watermen/women in the country, but we also have the perfect location for a training centre. We’re based at Croyde in North Devon so have Woolacombe, Saunton and a range of other beaches nearby which gives a variety low surf conditions to train in. It’s win win. 


What kind of career can this qualification lead on to?

Lifeguarding is a great job and is the basis for a wonderful career as a waterman/woman.  Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor, seasonal or year-round, waterpark or beach lifeguarding job, it’s a great profession and can lead to employment all around the world.

All our Lifeguard courses can also be combined with our Surfing England/I.S.A. Level Instructor courses too. These are held over 2 days on the weekend after each of the RLSS courses. We offer a discount rate of £515 for booking the Beach Lifeguard course and Surf Instructor course together. It’s a great deal. 


What are the dates for the 2022 RLSS Beach Lifeguard course?

  • 21st – 25th March 2022 (booked out)
  • 11th – 15th April 2022 (booked out)
  • 16th – 20th May 2022
  • 13th – 17th June 2022
  • 11th – 15th July 2022
  • 15th – 19th August 2022
  • 12th – 16th September 2022


How can I book my place? 

Pop over to our Beach Lifeguard page and fill in the form. We’ll be right back with you to book you onto your preferred dates. It couldn’t be easier.





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