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SLSGB Junior Lifeguard

Junior Lifeguard is Surf Life Saving GB’s newest child-centred programme, run by trained and experienced lifesavers at SLSGB Surf Life Saving Clubs and SLSGB Accredited Training Centres nationwide. Aimed at tourists and the local community as well as being a perfect introduction to surf life saving for schools, the programme educates 7-14 year olds about beach and water safety.

Junior Lifeguard is a fun session (lasting a minimum of 2.5 hours where children will learn a range of lifesaving skills, giving them a taste of what it takes to be a lifeguard whilst educating them to be safer by the sea.

Information for participants and parents


We believe that Junior Lifeguard is a programme that gives children the tools and knowledge to be safer by the sea, and therefore for parents to feel at ease to allow them to have fun in the water.

During the Junior Lifeguard session children will learn to bodysurf, dolphin dive, paddle a rescue board, identify waves, rip currents and other dangers as well as fun beach activities including ‘beach flags’, a fast and energetic sport event.

The sessions will cater for the ability of the group; the only pre-requisite is that the child must be able to swim 50m unaided.  All coaches are experienced in working with children and have full CRB checks and safeguarding training.

All participants will receive a SLSGB Junior Lifeguard certificate – an SLSGB entry-level award which will enable children to progress onto our Nipper education programme if they’d like to.
You don’t need any equipment to take part, but wetsuits are advised. Your Junior Lifeguard provider will be able to help you if you don’t have your own.

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