Beach, Surf and Lifeguard Jobs

orange square The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK promote training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding and water safety. They offer a wide variety of courses, but for lifeguards, the two worth looking at to begin with are the National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). It is also worth noting that these awards are recognised by the International Lifesaving Federation and as such are valid in Australia, New Zealand and America.

Equally, Surf Life Saving GB (SLSA) is the awarding body for what many consider the highest professional Beach Lifeguard Qualification, an award backed by the RNLI. The NARS Beach Lifeguard and Surf Coach Lifesaver Awards are also internationally recognised and allow you to hold a job in countries other than Britain. To qualify as a Level 1 Surf Instructor (see below) you will need to hold one of the life saving awards mentioned above.


Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Summer Camp Lifeguard in America


Work as a lifeguard in a summer camp America with Camp Leaders for 9 weeks. Work as part of a team of lifeguards who run the camp pool and lake, organising activities and pool parties, whilst keeping everyone safe and keeping the pool clean.
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Guest Services Manager

Guest Services Manager


You will be a key part of the Surf Hotel Resort Team. This is a customer-facing role in the Greek resort in Vassiliki. You will be involved in a wide variety of tasks, which will contribute towards a seamless, enjoyable holiday experience for our guests and the smooth running of the hotel and resort
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Activities Supervisor

Activities Supervisor


You will assist with the overall smooth running of the activities available in resort. As an Activities Supervisor you will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors, Activities Manager and Child Care staff.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


Ultimate Activity Camps provide fun-filled, and action-packed Holiday Camps for children at fantastic locations near you during the school holidays. If you have the enthusiasm and experience to provide the best camp experiences to the children in our care, then we want to hear from you!
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Trainee Lifeguard

Trainee Lifeguard


We are looking for high energy people to join the Butlin's family holiday resort located along the sunny south coast in Bognor Regis. If you are interested in gaining this nationally recognised Lifeguard Qualification and have great people skills, we'd love to hear from you. You will enjoy teamwork,
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Lifeguard

Lifeguard


We are looking for high energy people to join the Butlin's family holiday resort located along the sunny south coast in Bognor Regis. As an experience Lifeguard you will be working in our largest Splash Waterworld pool ensure our guest are making memories that last a life time.
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Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Summer Camp Lifeguard in America


Work as a lifeguard in a summer camp America with Camp Leaders for 9 weeks. Work as part of a team of lifeguards who run the camp pool and lake, organising activities and pool parties, whilst keeping everyone safe and keeping the pool clean.
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Private Watersports Instructor

Private Watersports Instructor


Design, implement and promote a range of bespoke/tailored tuition to meet individual guests needs covering a multitude of disciplines not limited to; windsurfing, sailing, powerboat, SUP. You will be actively promoting and selling your own private tuition.
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River Leader

River Leader


Want to further your career in Paddlesports? Acorn Adventure are recruiting River Leaders who will be responsible for the delivery of various activity sessions to guests at our centre in Savane in Southern France. We are also launching a 5 Star Open Canoe Training & Assessment Scheme for experience
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Lifeguard

Lifeguard


You will be responsible for all pool safety at our Surf Hotel property in Vassiliki, Greece. During pool opening hours, you will monitor guest safety in and around the pool area, providing First Aid and emergency response where necessary.
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Youth Squad Instuctor

Youth Squad Instuctor


As a Youth Squad Instructor you will be leading and assisting RYA sessions for any children/teens on holiday with Ocean Elements. You will provide practical and theory based tuition that adheres to RYA criteria.
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Watersports Instructors

Watersports Instructors


You'll assist with the overall smooth running of the waterfront in resort. You'll be leading and assisting RYA sessions for adults and children alike. You'll provide tuition that adheres to both RYA & BCU criteria. You'll be on hand to offer guidance to guests who wish to free sail.
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Apprentice Instructor

Apprentice Instructor


You will assist with teaching the RYA syllabus and will be responsible for providing support to instructors teaching sessions, as well as providing excellent customer service to our guests within resort.
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 Kids Club Activity Leader

Kids Club Activity Leader


Dependant on location you will report to the Activities Manager or the Childcare Manager where you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Childcare programme 5-6 days a week, including chilled evening activities, such as movie night.
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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor


At Outdoor Adventure we are currently recruiting qualified activity instructors to work for us during 2019 and beyond. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have previous experience in working with a range of clients, including school groups.
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Outdoor Instructor Training Course
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Outdoor Instructor Training Course


If you are seeking to venture into the exciting world of outdoor education and are looking for a partner to help, coach, develop your skills thus enabling you to begin your new career with the best possible advice, training and support, look no further than The Manor House Activity Centre.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


Seasonal positions available from April to September 2019!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.
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Flotilla Host

Flotilla Host


Working as a Flotilla Host for Ocean Elements, you will be fun and enthusiastic about all things water based! You will not only be running and organising all the great evening activities for our guests, but you will also be the first mate to our Flotilla Skipper.
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Beach Senior

Beach Senior


You will maintain the overall smooth running of the waterfront. As a Beach Senior you will be responsible for providing support to your team of Watersports Instructors, the Activities Supervisor and Activities Manager, occasionally acting in any of these roles in their absence.
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Bosun/Watersports Instructor

Bosun/Watersports Instructor


This is a split role whereby you will divide your working day into mornings and afternoons. One half of each day will be spent in the role of Watersports Instructor – teaching RYA group sessions, the other half of the day will be spent maintaining the wide range of watersports equipment.
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Flotilla Skipper

Flotilla Skipper


You will have a passion and enthusiasm for all things water based! As an experienced Flotilla Skipper you will not only be in charge of guiding guests from A to B in the safest way possible, but have in-depth knowledge of the Lefkada area, to brief guests on scenic and interesting routes.
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Activities Manager

Activities Manager


You will be responsible for the overall smooth running of the activities offered in resort and delivering our customers’ expectations of outstanding customer service. You will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors.
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Guest Services Manager

Guest Services Manager


You will be a key part of the Surf Hotel Resort Team. This is a customer-facing role in the Greek resort in Vassiliki. You will be involved in a wide variety of tasks, which will contribute towards a seamless, enjoyable holiday experience for our guests and the smooth running of the hotel and resort
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Windsurfing Instructor - Summer 2018

Windsurfing Instructor - Summer 2018


We are actively seeking experienced and qualified Windsurfing/Dinghy Instructors to come work in one of our stunning Mediterranean beach resorts.
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Kids Club Activities Leader

Kids Club Activities Leader


You will assist with the overall smooth running of the Childcare program 5-6 days a week. You will be responsible for the safe and effective deliverance of the various Kids Clubs that we operate across our programs which encompass children of ages 4-7 and ages 8-12.
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Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructor


You will be responsible for delivering the fitness programme at our Surf Hotel property in Vassiliki, Greece. The fitness programme is available to all guests and will involve multiple activities each day. Activities include: Stretch and Relax Classes, Zumba, Aqua Aerobics, Running and more.
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Beach Lifeguard

National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) and National Rescue Standards Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NaRS BL) These courses cover Beach Lifeguard theory and preventing incidents. Open Water rescue skills where you will take part in simulated rescues in the sea. Life support resuscitation techniques for adults and children. And first aid which may include HSE First Aid at Work, a valuable qualification to all employers. Both qualifications also allow you to add on specialist modules. Age restrictions and minimum levels of fitness and competence both in and out of the water may be pre-requisites for this course. Please check with your chosen course provider.

For pool lifeguards, as well as the Royal Life Saving Society already mentioned above, there is also the Swimming Teachers Association.

Pool Lifeguard

National Aquatic Rescue Standard (NaRS) and National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). These courses last about 32 hours in total, usually taught over a six day period. The course content will be a mix of theory and practical of the theory learned. Safe pool practice, lifesaving techniques and emergency situations are the focus of the course. The final day will be reserved for assessment. Pre-requisites for the courses are not usually too demanding, though you should check with the course provider to see whether you qualify to take part.

We spoke to Chris about her experience as a Beach Lifeguard in Cornwall. "I think I was always going to be a lifeguard. I grew up by the sea and spent most weekends at the beach with my friends. My best friend's brother was a lifeguard and he encouraged me to get the NBLQ qualification. I did the course at Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay. We had to do quite a bit of theory, CPR and first aid. But the open water skills were the most enjoyable and where I learned the most about the job - using a torpedo buoy to get to and rescue a casualty, that kind of thing. I had a part time job at the local beach but there wasn't the opportunity to go full time during the summer, so I managed to get a job in America. That's another benefit of the qualification, that you can use it in other countries!"

Surfing Instructor

Surfing in the UK used to be under the control of the British Surfing Association. But relatively recent changes to the way sport is governed saw the demise of this association, and the creation of Surfing GB. This new body officially recognises and sanctions two organisations - the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI). The old BSA award stopped being recognised at the end of 2012, so if you wish to teach people how to surf you now need to be either an ISA Surf Instructor/Coach or an ASI Surf Instructor/Coach. All coaches also have to register with Surfing GB as they are the National Governing Body.

No matter which of the two surfing schemes you decide to follow, you will need one of the life saving awards mentioned above. From the SLSA you can choose either the Surf Coach Lifesaving Award or the Beach Lifeguard Award. Or from the RLSS you can get the Beach Lifeguard Award. These three are recognised by Surfing GB.

ISA Surf Coach & ASI Surf Coach

Completion of either award allows you to teach surfing internationally. Certification lasts for one year and is subject to a renewal fee. The ASI state that renewal is linked to professional development and to check that you are still qualified to teach. The ISA would probably say something similar, though their online literature just refers to it as a renewal fee and makes no mention of any checks on your ability to coach/instruct. Before enrolling for the ASI, you must have ASI intermediate surfer level or above surfing skills. And for the ISA you must be a competent surfer with at least two years experience. To find out a bit more about the ISA option, we spoke to Simon, a surfing coach.

Have you always been a keen and regular surfer?

Simon: I started surfing in 1990 keen as mustard, I'm still the same now.

How did your career as a Surf Instructor start?

Simon: In 2005 a surf instructor job became available in North Wales, so I applied and booked myself onto the necessary courses. NARS beach lifeguard and British Surfing Association level 1 instructor, (now superseded by ISA, International Surfing Association and ASI, Academy of Surfing Instructors qualifications). Even if I didn't get the job, it was the start of summer and I was flexible to work anywhere.

What made you want to become an instructor in the first place?

Simon: I have always had a passion for passing on the joys of surfing to friends, but ask anyone that has been taught a sport by a friend. Tuition can be a little brief and basic, especially from a surfer desperate to get in the water. I really wanted to learn how to pass my knowledge across in a safe, structured manner. Like so many people in the UK, I was also a 'weekend wave warrior', living inland and missing so much surf because of my limited water time. Being nearly 2 hours from the nearest beach, meant evening surfs during the week were a real mission and impossible during the winter. I got the job as a surf instructor, this was my chance to live at the coast.

What qualifications do you currently hold to enable you to teach surfing to the public?

Simon: NARS Beach Lifeguard. ISA level 2 Instructor.

Was there anything particularly difficult about any part of your training/ assessment?

Simon: The beach lifeguard exam and training are brutal, especially for those doing a 1 week intensive course. I trained hard for 6 months just to meet the physical criteria. Becoming a top level surf coach has also meant numerous courses and assessments.

What qualifications and training do you recommend for anyone looking to become a surf instructor?

Simon: For the beach lifeguard, very good physical fitness. Excellent swimming ability with regular training. 2 to 3 pool sessions a week, same for running, as a minimum. Good board and casualty handling skills and a thorough knowledge of first aid. NARS is the international standard. There are 2 options, (both internationally recognised) for surf instructor qualifications. ISA or ASI. Candidates need to have a good personal standard of surfing, (you are assessed). Also excellent communication skills with an ability for public speaking, good on site risk assessing skills and group control are essential.

What possibilities are there for newly qualified instructors both in the UK and overseas?

Simon: The surf industry in the UK is now huge and although the hub is still the SW (Devon and Cornwall) there are surf schools all around the coast. It is important to check the credentials of potential employers as they are still a lot of unregulated surf schools operating below a safe standard. If in doubt get in touch with Surfing GB, the UK's governing body for the ISA. Internationally the world is your oyster, all major surf destinations have surf schools looking for staff.

Finally, what's your favourite wave in the UK and Overseas?

Simon: I definitely cannot say where my favourite wave in the UK is. Some surf spots are closely guarded secrets whose location is known to only a few! Overseas, it would be a close call between Ouakam in Senegal or HT's in Indonesia, but I know waves to equal these on our fair isle.

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Simon Turner runs Aberadventures.com, a Surfing GB Academy status surf school at Borth, near Aberystwyth. For more information call: 07976 061514.