Working for Swim Safety - Qualifications

Find out what qualifications you need to be able to join our team

We have a mixture of teams operating at any given event – each with a specific and defined role. Therefore the qualification requirements for each team differ. For each event you can register for online, you’ll also need to select which team you wish to join. For us to be able to accept you onto a team you’ll need to hold at least one of the qualifications listed for the relevant team below or be able to demonstrate you have the equivalent experience.

The lists below are not exhaustive so please get in touch if you hold an award not listed. The awards automatically accepted are issued in the UK, but we will accept equivalent awards from abroad.

Safety Kayak Team
  • Swim Event Safety Award (SESA)
  • BCU Lifeguards Assistant / Core Lifeguard
  • Canoe Safety Test
  • Foundation/White Water Safety & Rescue
  • British Canoeing 2 Star (minimum paddling competency)
Bank Lifeguard
  • RLSS Beach / Pool Lifeguard
  • RLSS Open Water Lifeguard
  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard
  • BCU Lifeguards Assistant / Core Lifeguard
Rescue Divers
  • PADI Rescue Diver (or above)
  • BSAC Sport Diver (or above)
Rescue Boats

Drivers

  • RYA L2 Powerboat / Advanced Powerboat / Safety Boat
  • SLSGB IRB Helm
  • Swim Safety Boat Crew Induction

Crew

  • SLSGB IRB Crew
  • Swim Safety Boat Crew Induction

(Swim Safety Boat Crew Inductions need to be renewed annually)

Water Safety Technician (Bank Based)
  • RLSS Beach / Pool Lifeguard
  • RLSS Open Water Lifeguard
  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard
  • BCU Lifeguards Assistant / Core Lifeguard / SESA
  • BCU Foundation / White Water Safety & Rescue
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician
  • DEFRA¬†Water Rescue Technician (Module 1, 2 or 3)