HABC Level 3 International Award in Beach Lifeguarding
The Level 3 International Award in Beach Lifeguarding is for those learners wishing to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified beach lifeguard. It covers the preparation, health and safety of a beach environment, and how to respond to beach emergencies and emergency situations in open water areas.
This qualification allows successful learners to operate as a qualified beach lifeguard for 2 years. After this period, learners will need to retrain and go through reassessment in order to remain a qualified beach lifeguard.
To register on to this qualification the learner shall meet the following entry requirements:
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Swim 400m in under 8 minutes.
- Swim 200m continuously in open water.
- Tread water for 10 minutes.
- Surface dive to the seabed to recover an aquatic sunken manikin weighing more than 4KG. This must be done at the deepest part of the training area or at a depth of 5m.
- Have minimum Emergency First Aid or an internationally recognised equivalent, and Defibrillation (AED) approved through Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services.
- Health and Safety of a Beach Environment
- Responding to Beach Emergencies
- Emergency in open water area
- Rescue and landing of casualty from the sea
- Rescue equipment and safe manual handling of casualty at sea
- Casualty recognition
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and safe use of a defibrillator
- Spinal injury management
How is the qualification assessed?
This qualification is assessed by the following methods:
- Practical Observation
- Open Response Assessment
Learners must provide a short response to questions across the breadth of the course. To pass this assessment, learners must achieve a score of 20 from 30 questions.
40 hours of combined theory and practical.
2 years from the date of award.