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National Beach Lifeguard (RLSS/Lifesavers Ireland)

All NBLQ courses carry full and practical national and international recognition and are approved by lifesavers Ireland, Institute of Qualified Lifeguards (IQL) and are all registered through Lifeguards Ireland! This all means that you can choose to work for a local county council in Ireland or travel and gain employment abroad!!
The pre-requisites for this course are very simple, you must be 16 years or over before the course begins. On the physical side of things we would recommend that you are able to run 1000 meters and be able to swim 400 meters in less than 8 minutes.

The NBLQ consists of 32-hour training period, with an extra day and possibly an evening to cover the assessment. The course will reflect on the generic knowledge and skills needed to become a beach lifeguard, following training in Lifeguard Practices which shall include: Physical Fitness; Self-discipline; Safety Supervision; Teamwork; Rescue Skills and Techniques; Use and Maintenance of Rescue Equipment; Beach Safety Operating Procedures.

The award is valid for 24 months and can be renewed before the expiry date of the award.

The assessment is split into units: -
Unit 1 Principals of Beach Supervision and Rescue procedures.
Element A
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Water Safety, Accident Prevention, Hazard Identification, Principals of Beach Safety Procedures (NOP/EAP) Principals of Communication Systems, Principals and Methods of Rescue, Observation and Zoning, Dealing with the Public, Use and Maintenance of Basic Rescue Equipment.
Element B
CPR incorporating Life Support 3, which includes adult, child and baby competence in CPR. Demonstrate CPR with Barrier Rescue Breathing. Theory and Questions with a Practical Demonstrations of all disciplines.
Element C
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of FIRST AID and manage a First Aid incident.
Element D
PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT POOL including a demonstration of a number of your water skills and your water fitness. Swim 400 metres in 8 minutes or less. The 200 metres time will also be recorded. Goggles may be worn for the timed swim only. If you are unsuccessful in Element D you cannot move to Element F on the beach.
Element F
PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT BEACH will include a number of rescues from the water to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, fitness and ability to work as a Lifeguard Team member. It is sometimes suggested that the most difficult test in this section is where you the Candidate run 400 metres on land, with your torpedo buoy, enter the water, swim 200 metres to a conscious casualty and complete a return tow with the casualty over 200 metres. On returning to the Beach treat the casualty for hypothermia with the assistance of the Lifeguard Team.
Unit 2 Application of Beach Safety Management and Rescue Procedures.
Unit 2 is intended to take the skills and knowledge acquired during Unit 1 and put them into an applied environment that relates to the specific nature and equipment of the venue at which the training is being delivered. The Practical Assessment should include elements of the NOP as well as the implementation of the EAP in dealing with an emergency.
In other words, it is your opportunity to demonstrate a sound knowledge of your role, demonstrating a wide range of skills and utilising equipment provided at the site. It is where you get to shine!!
Other specialised units can be run such as the Surf Lifeguard unit, Paddle Craft rescue unit and the Malibu rescue board unit. These units will be run upon request and dependent on the candidate’s experience prior to the course commencement.

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