National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)


Woolacombe Surf Centre is based in the heart of the beautiful seaside town of Woolacombe, with its 2 miles of golden west facing sand it is a stunning location to enjoy the ocean, work and train. Our knowledgeable RLSS trainers have a wealth of experience to encourage and train candidates to achieve their qualifications.

A £50 deposit is required to secure your place with the remaining balance due no later than 28 days before the course start date. To secure your space, fill in the form below with your deposit or full payment, once full payment has been made all course material and the schedule will be sent out prior to the course start date.

We also offer the Surfing England Surf Instructor award which can either be done as part online and part in our centre or all in house for those looking to go on to surf coaching.

Course Dates Available:

  • 15th – 19th April 2024
  • 13th – 17th May 2024
  • 3rd – 7th June 2024
  • 1st – 5th July 2024
  • 16th – 20th September 2024
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The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) is the core qualification for anyone seeking employment on UK Beaches as a lifeguard or surf instructor.

The NVBLQ ensures that the qualified lifeguard has the knowledge and skills required to operate effectively across a range of beach environments.

The NVBLQ course is a minimum of 40 hours long followed by a practical assessment on beach theory, life support, first aid, swimming pool practical and open water practical.

NVBLQ Course Prerequisites

Every candidate attending a NVBLQ course must:

  • Be 16-years-old or over at the time of the assessment
  • Have a good level of fitness
  • Surface dive to a depth of 2 metres
  • Be competent at swimming in the sea
  • Before the course, candidates must be able to swim at least 200 metres in a pool (of recommended length 25 metres, but no less than 20 metres) in five minutes or less
  • For the assessment, candidates must be able to swim 400 metres in a pool (recommended 25 metres, but no less than 20 metres) in eight minutes or less using a continuous front stroke and showing urgency


Any questions get in touch!