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About SLSGB

Surf Life Saving GB is a charity of 6,000 volunteers helping to make our beaches a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone. SLSGB volunteers have been providing beach lifeguard training and patrolling the coast for more than 55 years. SLSGB clubs are nationwide, training members aged from five years upwards in beach education, lifesaving, rescue and fitness skills, helping create fitter and safer communities by the sea.

Surf Life Saving GB is the awarding body for the highest standard of Beach Lifeguard qualification in the country, and is the National Governing Body for Life Saving Sport.

About SLSGB and RNLI
SLSGB has a strategic partnership with the RNLI. SLSGB volunteers work closely with RNLI Beach Lifeguards providing a joint lifeguard service and beach patrol. Surf Life Saving GB's life saving qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally, and are a qualification of preference for the RNLI Lifeguard Service.

For more information about SLSGB qualifications click here.


Life Saving Sport 

Life Saving Sport is a truly multi-disciplined sport which takes place in the pool, on the beach and in the sea. With close ties to swimming, athletics, kayaking, rowing, surfing and power boating, and all based on the equipment and skills of lifeguards. Surf Life Saving Sport competition is a fantastic display of athleticism and the ultimate test of speed and fitness. For more information about Life Saving Sport click here.

Open to all

Surf Life Saving is open to all; we start training children from the age of seven in our Nipper programme - and we have members still volunteering and competing at the age of 70.  

Our youth programme, for members aged 13-16, offer a full range of Lifesaving and Life Saving Sport awards to help develop life long volunteer lifesavers and Beach Lifeguards of the future.

For members aged over 16 we offer professional Beach Lifeguarding qualifications, leadership development camps, sports coaching and instructor qualifications.

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