Who should attend?
Anyone who works, or wants to work as a professional lifeguard at a beach. The beach
environment has specific risks and lifeguards, therefore, need to be trained specifically for
these. They must show a higher level of fitness and endurance than a pool lifeguard to
ensure that they can deal with the additional difficulties posed by the open sea.
What will they learn?
Students gain the skills and knowledge to deal with emergencies that may occur in the open
sea and at the beach. They learn the principles of effective Beach Lifeguarding, diverse
rescue techniques, how to save lives and prevent further injuries. They will gain confidence
to use these skills through practical application on themselves, manikins in pool and beach
• Rescue skills in the sea
• Towing techniques
• Casualty recognition
• Use of rescue equipment
• Rescue and treatment of an unconscious casualty
• Defences and releases
• Hazards on beaches and in the sea
• Accident prevention and beach safety
• Observation and supervision
• Systems of work and communication
• Dealing with the public
• Spinal injury management on the
• First Aid
• Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (adults, children and babies)
• 2-operator CPR
• Use of pocket mask
• Legislation and SOP’s
5 days (full course)
3 day update for candidates that hold a valid Highfield L2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding
Continuous assessment during the course, plus a final independent assessment (practical
and multiple choice) where candidates must show competence in applying beach lifeguard
skills promptly, safely and effectively.
Certificate and Validity
Internationally recognised Beach Lifeguard qualification from Highfield Body for Compliance is valid for 2 years.
Participants should have Basic English skills and very good swimming abilities. They must
be able to swim 400m in 8 min and dive 2m deep in the sea. Minimum age: 16 years.