Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much does the course cost?
  2. Can I take a combined course?
  3. Is accommodation available?
  4. Do I need a wetsuit?
  5. What do I need to bring?
  6. Do I have to be fit?
  7. Are there any timed swims?
  8. How old do I have to be?
  9. How long does the qualification last for?
  10. Who is the governing body for the awards?
  11. Where can I use my RLSS qualification?
  12. Who are the examiners?
  13. Is there a written exam?
  14. What if I fail?

Q. How much does the course cost?
A. Please check the individual price on the courses page as the price varies depending on food and accommodation availability.

Q. Can I take a combined course?
A. Pool and beach combined courses are no longer available in accordance with RLSS regulations. First Aid at Work is included in UK courses.

Q. Is accommodation available?
A. Accommodation is available at many courses, some self-catering, some bed and breakfast and some full-board. Please check the latest courses and accommodation for more information. Accommodation is included in the price in some courses including the Canary Isles.

Q. Do I need a wetsuit?
A. A wetsuit is required for all UK beach courses. A wetsuit can be provided for most sizes if you do not have one. Wetsuits are not normally needed in the Canaries.

Q. What do I need to bring?
A. For Beach lifeguard courses - Wetsuit, wetsuit boots and gloves if you have them, swim wear, goggles, towels, warm clothing, writing materials and notepad. For Pool lifeguard - Swim wear, goggles if needed, towels, warm clothing, writing materials and notepad.

Q. Do I have to be fit?
A.The beach course is physically demanding, so the fitter the better! For the pool lifeguard an average level of swimming is required.

Q. Are there any timed swims?
A. For the beach lifeguard - 400m in the pool in less than 8 minutes, 16 lengths of a 25m pool (goggles allowed). For the pool lifeguard - 20m swim, 20m tow in less than 65 seconds, 20m swim, 10m tow in less than 45 seconds (goggles not allowed).

Q. How old do I have to be?
A. For most qualifications you must be 16 on the first day of the course, except Trainer/Assessor courses, where you must be 18 on the first day of the course.

Q. How long does the qualification last for?
A. Beach and Pool lifeguard - 2 years, First AID at work - 3 years and Trainer/Assessor - Updated by post - sign and return form with an update fee.

Q. Who is the governing body for the awards?
A. Beach and Pool are from the Royal Lifesaving Society. First AID at work is from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Q. Where can I use my RLSS qualification?
A. The qualifications are internationally recognised.

Q. Who are the examiners?
A. All assessors are Royal Lifesaving Society qualified and approved and hold the awards themselves.

Q. Is there a written exam?
A. There is a multi-choice tick box question paper for the First AID at Work (learning difficulties taken into consideration) - the rest of the theory is either practical or completed by group interview.

Q. What if I fail?
A. You have 28 days in which to complete more training and then you can retake that section. If you fail the whole course, you must retake it all

If we have not answered your questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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