Training & Awards

Working towards an award is a great way to develop your surf lifesaving skills and the club offers a range of training for all age groups.

Qualified members are critical to our ability to safely run coaching, events and lifeguard patrols. The club endeavours to cover the costs of  training and exams for those who commit to use their skills to help the club run volunteer patrols, events, or coaching.

Prior learning can be recognised on some of these courses, providing a fast track to qualification.

Here are some of courses we support and run:

  • SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Award (Separate Adult & Junior courses)
  • Level 1 Assistant Coach (Surfing / Surf Lifesaving)
  • Level 2 Lead Coach (Surfing / Surf Lifesaving)
  • First Aid For Work
  • First Responder
  • Patrol Captain
  • Nippers Level 1/2/3
  • Juniors Bronze/Silver/Gold

SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Award

The Surf Lifeguard Award provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required in order to provide professional patrolling and water services, in surf conditions, with rescue skills and advanced fitness requirements.

We run separate courses for Juniors and Adults. Both courses normally start in spring. Please contact Paul Mooney – paul.mooney80@gmail.com if you would like more information about this.

Level 1 Assistant Coach

The course is the entry level to coaching sports in Great Britain. Its focus is on safe practice, basic communication skills and gaining the background knowledge of the environment, equipment, fitness and skill components relating to a specific sport.

Surf Lifesaving: http://www.slsgb.org.uk/item/level-1-coaching-course/
Surfing: http://www.surfingengland.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/How-to-become-a-Level-1-Surf-Coach.pdf

Level 2 Lead Coach

A Level 2 Coach qualifies to practice as an independent coach. The level focus is on developing performance in individuals to suit individual needs. The coach is provided with information to develop skills and fitness, undertake risk assessments, set goals, plan for and evaluate training sessions.

More info: http://www.slsgb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Level-2-Coach-Award-Specification.pdf

First Aid For Work

This widely recognised and comprehensive first aid course provides an alternative pathway to gaining the first responder qualification without holding a lifeguard award. We are hoping to run a course this winter, dates TBA. Please email henthorns@btinternet.com if you are interested.

First Responder

This award will establish a level of competence to deliver intermediate life support. It is an essential role in operating our voluntary lifeguard patrols. We ran a course in October and 15 people qualified, we hope to run another course in spring 2018, please contact henthorns@btinternet.com if you’d like to enrol.

Patrol Captain Award

The Patrol Captain Award will provide the learner with the knowledge and skills required to organise, supervise and manage a volunteer led patrol in line with the requirements set out by the SLSGB Lifeguard framework for operation of patrols.

Nipper Awards

These awards build the confidence of the participants as well as developing fundamental surf safety and skills
within the individuals own capability.

Junior Awards

These awards will allow competent swimmers to gain a thorough grounding in Life Saving skills and beach awareness, and will provide valuable stepping stones to becoming a professional Beach Lifeguard.