Beach Lifeguard Course in North Devon

Royal Life Saving Society NVBLQ

(National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification)

COST: £285




COST: £195


This course is open to anyone looking to gain an internationally recognised beach lifeguard qualification in the UK. This is an essential requirement for anyone looking to work as a surf instructor or work as a beach lifeguard. The full course is suitable for those new to lifeguarding and is run over 5 days including a final assessment. There is also the option of a shorter course for existing lifeguards looking to requalify.


All courses can be combined with our Surfing GB/I.S.A. Level Instructor course held over 2 days on the weekend after each of these courses. More information here. We offer a discount rate of £499 for booking the Beach Lifeguard course and Surf Instructor course together.


4th to 8th September 2017

11th to 15th September 2017

18th to 22nd September 2017

2nd to 6th April 2018

7th to 11th May 2018 

4th to 8th June 2018

2nd to 6th July 2018

3rd to 7th September 2018



Or Call 01271 890400

Our training centre is based at Croyde beach in North Devon. Our school also has a secondary unit at Saunton, where we can go to train depending on the conditions we are faced with during any course. The course is run by a team of experienced watermen and qualified RLSS trainers, all of who are qualified lifeguards and surf instructors working on the beach and in the sea every day.

Beach Lifeguards training on Croyde Beach

The training on the course requires you to complete both practical and theory modules. You will spend time in the sea as well as completing classroom based theory sessions. The course cost includes the comprehensive RLSS Beach Lifeguard Qualification manual providing an essential resource for all lifeguards. You will be required to pass all modules to gain your qualification. All candidates on the course will be assessed by an RLSS assessor, who will be looking for good knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

- Lifeguard Theory
- First Aid
- Open water & rescue skills
- Spinal management


There's a wide range of fantastic accommodation in and around croyde

To book a place on the course candidates must complete a course booking form and forward the full payment. When we have received full payment a full information pack will be sent out with arrival information, timings and an itinerary for the course.

Re-qualification Course Cost: £195 (Shorter course for candidates that already hold the RLSS Beach Lifeguard qualification and need to renew)

For a taste of what to expect on our course have a look at our short film:


I've just completed a week of intensive training with Surf South West for my beach lifeguard qualification. The training input was given by Jon Ellis and was very comprehensive. He showed his knowledge in the first aid section and worked us hard for the practical beach rescue sessions. All areas of the syllabus were covered thoroughly and his teaching methods caused the whole group to learn and increase in confidence as the week went by. Will took us for the assessment which tested our knowledge and physical capability with sea rescues and first aid examinations. Make no mistake, this course is physically demanding but very enjoyable. The approach of all the staff at Surf South West created a friendly, relaxed environment for a good learning experience. I look forward to the surf instructor part of the course and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone considering completing it. Thank you Surf South West!