National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification
NATIONAL VOCATIONAL BEACH LIFEGUARD QUALIFICATION (NVBLQ)
The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) is the core qualification for anyone seeking employment on Irish Beaches.
The NVBLQ ensures that the qualified lifeguard has the knowledge and skills required to operate effectively across a range of beach environments.
Our Courses take place in our Wild Water Adventures Center in Fenit with outdoor practicals on Locks Beach Fenit and pool practicals in the Tralee Sports Complex, Liosdara, Oakpark, Tralee, Co. Kerry, V92 HX5T.
- The NVBLQ is internationally recognised, so potential to work and travel
Every candidate attending a NVBLQ course must:
The NVBLQ covers all elements of beach lifeguard theory, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, pool skills and open water skills. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times and lifting. The NVBLQ is comprised of four modules and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.
- Module 1 – Beach Lifeguarding – Knowledge and Understanding
- Module 2 – Life Support and First Aid
- Module 3 – Ocean Skils
- Module 4 – Pool Skills
The NVBLQ assessment takes place at the end of the course. It determines your competence, skills and knowledge of working as a beach lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a beach environment.
The assessment is split into five elements:
- Beach Lifeguard and First Aid Theory
- Life Support and First Aid
- First Aid Practical
- Ocean Skills
- Pool Skills
The NVBLQ lifeguard qualification is delivered over six days and independently assessed.
Candidates who are not successful have the option to retake any section which they fail within 28 days.
Costs of the assessor and facility maybe incurred.
Beach Lifeguards may renew their qualification only within the validity of their existing qualification. Lifeguards are recommended to engage in continuous training to ensure they are ready for duty.
In some circumstances, candidates may be able to show evidence of prior achievement to exempt themselves from section of the course. Exceptions may apply to holders of the following awards and qualifications (guided time credits are shown in brackets):
- Current RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) [12 hours]
- Current RLSS UK Life Support 3 [3 hours]
- Current First Aid at Work Certificate or Occupational First Aid Certificate [9 hours]
Where candidates wish to claim a training exemption, they must provide the course trainer with original qualifications prior to the start of the course.
A maximum of 12 hours accreditation for prior learning may be claimed
Up Coming Courses
We run courses twice a year, in spring and Autumn, usually Halloween and Easter.
Please enquire if you wish to book into one of our courses.