National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification


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

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.

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.

Upon qualifying with the NVBLQ, the certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.

About The NVBLQ:

Pre-entry requirements for the NVBLQ:

What to bring

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.

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:

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

Health and Safety on Courses:

Due to the nature of the course, candidates will be required and be aware of the following:

To lift and move candidates from the water as part of a team – correct methods of lifting will be taught but we should be informed of any pre existing injuries prior to the course starting.

The following statement should be read to candidates at the commencement of both training courses and assessments:
“The Society does not support the use of unassisted lifting during training and assessment. You should take note that all casualty lifting carries with it an element of risk.”