Beach Lifeguard

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The NVBLQ is the Nationally and Internationally recognised qualification required for you to work as a beach Lifeguard.

[/dt_stripe] [dt_gap height=”10″ /]At Atlantic Coast Lifeguards we offer you the chance to partake in one of our many courses that we run throughout Ireland, where you will learn and train to be a beach life guard.  At the end of the course you will be assessed, and upon passing you will receive the NVBLQ qualification.

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The NVBLQ Includes

[dt_toggle title=”Beach Lifeguard Theory”]Teaching of the theories and practices of Beach Lifeguarding, most of which relates to the primary role of a lifeguard in preventing incidents.[/dt_toggle] [dt_toggle title=”Ocean Skills”]Candidates will gain experience using a range of equipment to perform simulated rescues in the sea, including the torpedo buoy and a range of rescue boards.[/dt_toggle] [dt_toggle title=”Life Support”]This qualification establishes an excellent level of skill in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for casualties of all ages, adult/child/infant and in the diagnoses and treatment, choking, bleeding and shock in casualties. Also included is the use of AED. [/dt_toggle] [dt_toggle title=”First Aid”]Candidates will also be trained in First Aid and many go on to complete the HSE First Aid at Work, which is a valuable
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Pre entry requirements for the NVBLQ

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  • Be 16 years of age
  • Must be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:
  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 400m in a recommended time of 7mins 30 secs
  • Have surfed a number of times – does not need to be proficient on their feet but be able to paddle out back easily
  • Swim 200m continuously on their front and back
  • Run at least 400m
  • Surface dive up to 2m
  • Have had previous surf lessons before coming onto the course
  • Ability to swim side stroke or inverted breaststroke

What to bring

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    We will be in the sea for long periods:

  • 5/3 Wetsuit.
  • Hood/gloves are your choice, but are advised.
  • Warm clothes and waterproofs, course will be outside for long periods of time.
  • Swim togs (no board-shorts).
  • Brightly coloured Swim hat (cloth not allowed) silicone or latex only!
  • Goggles can be used in pool but not at beach.
  • Notepad and pen for theory.
  • Whistle (you must have whistle on first day, highly important) please purchase a pea less whistle and a wristband
  • Plenty of drinking water and food (we will stop for plenty of short breaks throughout the day)
  • Swim Fins can be used for certain parts of open water swim, but, only if you have been doing a lot of training with them.
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The NVBLQ lifeguard qualification is delivered over six days and indepedently 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.

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Renewal Candidates

Renewal candidates may renew their qualification only within the period of validity of their existing qualification, as stated on the insignia.

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  • Provide written evidence of having completed a minimum of 20 hours in Lifesaving, CPR and First Aid training
  • Hold a current NVBLQ.
  • Have access to a copy of ‘Beach Lifeguard’, available from Lifesavers Direct.
  • Where lifeguards undertake activities as part of a club or other voluntary group, the same criteria must be applied in order to ensure consistent standards within the constraints of their responsibilities.
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Beach Lifeguarding demands a range of different skills to allow for the varying conditions lifeguards may encounter.

The main duties of a Beach Life guard are:

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  • to supervise the activities and people on the beach.
  • to identify hazards and take preventative measures.
  • to endeavour to prevent accidents.
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  • to provide water-safety and safe sunbathing advice.
  • to provide a point of contact for people on the beach.
  • to provide basic first aid.