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Beach Lifeguard Residential Course

21st to 28th April 2024

Join us for the ultimate Beach Lifeguard Course here in Crantock, Cornwall, for an immersive lifeguarding experience like no other. Dive into an unforgettable week, living together with a small group of budding lifeguards in the heart of Crantock to train for your National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification.

You’ll be training every day to gain the skills and knowledge you need to achieve an internationally recognised Beach Lifeguard Qualification, the prerequisite award that you need for a range of summer jobs lifeguarding, coaching or guiding on Cornwall’s stunning beaches or beyond.


What to expect...


Immersive Learning Environment

Live, Train, Assess: Immerse yourself in the lifeguard experience as you live, train, and assess together with your course-mates in an iconic Crantock house, sharing the days experience and learning from each other as we go through the week.

Expert Coaching

Receive top-quality coaching from the highly experienced team at Big Green Adventures. With over 15 years of lifesaving and coaching experience, Head Coach Dale is a qualified SLSGB Trainer Assessor and founder of Big Green Adventures.

Internationally Recognised

The SLSGB National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification covers theory, CPR, first aid, pool skills, and open water skills. Upon completion, you’ll become a certified SLSGB National Vocational Beach Lifeguard with additional Surf Lifeguard accreditation. With this qualification you can work in a range of lifesaving and coaching roles around the world.


Safety First

Learn to manage safety for yourself, colleagues, beachgoers, and casualties. You'll learn how to spot dangers, react to changing conditions, perform rescues, give appropriate first aid and how to work with other agencies effectively.


Physically Demanding

The course includes swimming to set times, rescue scenarios through challenging surf and heavy lifting, ensuring a comprehensive skill set. We’ll be pushing your fitness to the limits to make sure you’ve got what it takes to save lives on our beaches.

Beach Paradise

Nestled in a beautiful Cornish village, you'll be training on a quiet, National Trust-managed beach with perfect flat-water training areas alongside waves to challenge your skills.

Dynamic Learning

Each day combines theory and hands-on practical sessions for a dynamic learning experience. Cover all aspects of being an effective Beach Lifeguard, including rescues, first aid, CPR, Oxygen administration, and Defibrillator use.


Small Group Experience

Enjoy an intimate setting with a maximum of 1:8 coach to student ratios. Teamwork and group interaction are vital when lifeguarding, throughout the course you’ll be building key interpersonal skills crucial to enhance your teamwork


Celebrate your achievements

Enjoy a BBQ feast night at the house with locally sourced ingredients, as well as a big celebration evening on the final night to wrap up an amazing week and a (hopefully) successful final assessment!

Part of the Community

Experience an incredible sense of community in the small Cornish village of Crantock. You’ll be staying just a short walk to the beach, village centre, pubs, cafés, and the village shop, perfect for exploring this idyllic area.

Surf, SUP & more

If you’ve got any spare energy you can enjoy ample opportunities for surfing, SUP, kayaking & more, with full, unlimited use of all equipment. Or enjoy simply chilling at the house with good food and amazing company.


Start your lifesaving journey

Embark on a week that goes beyond lifeguard training – it's a journey of camaraderie, skill-building, and lifelong memories. Join us in Crantock for a Beach Lifeguard Week that's not just a course but an adventure of a lifetime.


What's included?

  • A warm welcome from the Big Green team.

  • Free parking on-site or free transfers from Newquay airport or bus/train station.

  • Stunning accommodation in the heart of Crantock, a short walk from the beach and the perfect place to immerse yourself in your training.

  • Breakfast spread each morning while we check the conditions and plan the day.

  • Daily in-water group sessions - building your skills, adding to your knowledge base and pushing your fitness to give you the confidence and ability to save lives.

  • Theory sessions each day covering first-aid principles, basic life support, waves and tides, lifeguard working practices, communication techniques and much more.

  • SLSGB Course fees and your Beach Lifeguard Training Manuals.

  • A fully stocked BBQ night at the house, with amazing local Cornish produce, a great way to meet your fellow candidates. 

  • Celebration evening after assessment day, a chance to look back on an amazing week and say farewell to your course-mates.

  • Unlimited use of boards, wetsuits and more for the duration of your stay.

  • Board & wetsuit storage.

  • Outdoor shower for rinsing off after a day on the beach.

  • Free tea & coffee all day every day.

  • Fully equipped house with all linen provided, modern kitchen, laundry facilities,`WiFi & much more.

  • Exclusive discounts on all additional activities, rentals or merchandise from Big Green Adventures.

  • Expert local knowledge of this stunning Cornish village and the wider area.

What's NOT included?

  • Lunches & Dinners - there are 2 pubs, a pizzeria & cafe, plus the village shop all within a few metres of the house. Bigger supermarkets are nearby in Newquay

  • Swimwear & beach towels

  • Toiletries

  • Retake fees (if required) - Candidates rarely, if ever, incur additional fees due to the timeframes involved in the assessment process. We provide extensive support and training to ensure you're fully prepared for the assessment during the course. We're committed to your success, so retake fees are typically a non-issue.

Daily Group Training

BBQ Night

Luxurious House

Daily Breakfast

First Aid Training

Theory Sessions


Who's it for?

Our residential Beach Lifeguard course is open to anyone aged 18+ who has a passion for the ocean and a keenness to learn! The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification will provide you with an introduction to all elements of beach lifeguard theory, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, pool skills and open water skills.

The course is physically demanding so a good level of fitness is vital for all participants. In order to achieve the full Beach Lifeguard Award you'll need to complete a 400m pool swim in 8 minutes, as well as running 200m in 40 seconds and performing multiple rescues in waves. We'll be teaching you all the techniques you need, but a base level of fitness is essential to being able to complete this course successfully.


If you have any questions about the course, what’s included, your ability, or anything at all then just give us a shout and we'll be happy to give specific advice.

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