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Surf Lifesaving Great Britain's Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Competency Award


This award sets out to establish a standard that creates a level of competence in Life Saving that meets the requirements of the surf coach and is also suitable for, SUP, Bodyboard, coasteering, surfboard hire companies and instructors who are responsible for taking groups into the sea. 


In addition, Surfers that want to be able to look after themselves and have the knowledge and skills to help friends and potentially other water users should the need arise, will benefit from this course.


It aims to establish a minimum vocational standard that demonstrates a level of competence for the safety of participants under instruction during a coached surf activity session undertaken in primarily wading depth water and to establish the necessary skills and knowledge to provide basic rescue response and life support.


Holders of this award should take careful account of local conditions where they are coaching and the scope of the activity and the guidance provided by local risk assessments and a location-specific LOP.

This course validates the ISA & ASI Level 1 Surf Coach Award.


Surf Coaches employed at locations using artificial wave technology (AWT) will need to undertake the additional AWT module.


View the full course specification here.



  • Be a member of SLSGB - Click here to do that 

  • Minimum of 16 years of age on the date of assessment.

  • Medically and physically fit.

  • Board paddle 200m in the surf.

  • Online Learning.

  • A signed declaration of 200m timed pool swim in under 5 minutes witnessed by lifeguard/swim teacher /coach in a pool of not less than 25m (pre-course)

  • Open water swim competency. The candidate will complete to the satisfaction of the Trainer Assessor a demonstration of open water swimming competency, confidence, and fitness that is sufficient to be able to support basic lifesaving activity. (on course)

  On Course

  • Coach Safety and Rescue techniques

  • Aquatic First Aid, including appropriate response for a suspected spinal injury when operating as a single or partnered surf coach

  • Casualty rescue and care techniques operating in an aquatic environment

  • Understanding the beach/fluvial location where you will work as a coach and the impact of water flow, tides, rips, weather conditions, and other beach and water users


This course is also extremely useful to Student Surf club members that are involved in peer coaching, group trips, and surfing events.






For further info on differences or anything else, drop us a line.





Our courses take place at the award-winning Newquay Activity Centre based right on Towan beach in the centre of Newquay. As far as training venues go, they don't get much better as your classroom looks directly the beach. Towan beach is sheltered from most winds and has great surf, making it one of the best training venues in the UK.

Our training team are the best in the business, from paramedics and serving RNLI lifeguards to professional ocean sports coaches and Pro Surfers, we have all angles covered, to give you the very best course available.

As an added extra on this course, Newquay Activity Centre will offer all successful candidates shadowing hours and an interview for work this coming season, in coasteering, surfing, etc.




To requalify your certificate must still in date or has expired within the last three months. All you need to do is a one-day proficiency course and evidence of CPR CPD. This will add an additional 12 months to your award. Click here for more on that.

You must become a member of Surf Life Saving GB and provide your membership number no later than the day before your course.


Please click here to create your membership online or call them direct on 01392 369111

"What is the difference between the

Beach Lifeguard course (NVBLQ)

and the Surf Coach Safety  & Rescue Award?" 


The Surf Coach S&R Award is specifically          designed for water sports coaches and people who need to supervise groups at the beach that need to have a lifesaving qualification.


It cannot be used to apply for beach lifeguard positions, however, you can upgrade to full NVBLQ while your award is in date. 


The Surf Coach S&R Award is a shorter                  course and the timed pool swim is 200m in 5minutes rather  than 400m in under 8 minutes.

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