Llandudno Surf Lifesavers


Training Courses: JLA, LA and QC Awards

At LSLC we offer comprehensive training to prepare our Juniors and Seniors for the demanding JLA and LA examination requirements.

The training is inline with Life Saving South Africa’s training requirements and includes a broad range of theoretical topics including water awareness, swimming and lifesaving strokes, accident prevention, rescue techniques, how to use equipment, communication skills, emergency care and first aid.

The JLA and LA course also provides information on South African policy and legislation. Physical training takes place in the sea and on the beach.

The training courses will equip you with all the necessary skills required in order to pass the Lifeguard Award examination. In order to pass this course, you will be required to attend all instruction classes in order to learn all the aspects of lifesaving. You will also be required to be proactive and study some of the theory in your own time, as well as maintain high levels of fitness.

We run various courses during the year with the first course in July/August in order to qualify for by October for the beginning of the season, pre-booking is required. The course takes place on a Sunday at 10.00 for between 8-10 weeks.

Please Note:

1. All New Juniors/Seniors will have to do a JLA/LA Course once.
2. Every Year Members will have to do a Re-Test (Fee is included in the annual Membership fee)

JLA , LA and QC Awards

Junior Lifeguard Award (JLA)

The JLA candidate must be 14 years old on day of examination but not older than 16. You can then enter competitions as a Junior and will be eligible for duty. This qualification is internationally recognized  yet not valid for employment.

If you have a JLA and you turn 16, then you need to do an upgrade exam.  

The Junior Lifeguard Award enables candidates to perform full lifeguard duties under supervision, while the Junior Qualifying Certificate (JQC) will enable qualified candidates to perform first aid and lifeguard duties, but not water rescues. With a JQC you will also not be able to compete, yet still allows you to share your skills.

JLA requirements:

  • 14 years of age on the day of the examination
  • Able to complete a 400m pool swim in less than 9 minutes
  • Malibu rescue
  • Torpedo buoy rescue and resuscitation
  • signals at 85% accuracy excluding helicopter
  • 1 and 2-man CPR; adult, child and infant protocols with practical and theoretical testing


Senior / Master Lifeguard Award (LA)

This award means that you are a qualified lifeguard in South Africa. Candidates must be 16 years old on day of examination, yet can start a course being 15 years old.  You will be eligible for lifesaving competitions and duties.  Your qualification is internationally recognized and you will have the opportunity to get a job in season as a professional lifeguard with this certificate through the City of Cape Town.  Some of our lifeguards earn around R 10,000 per month doing Pro lifeguarding on Llandudno beach.

LA requirements:

  • 16 years old on the day of examination
  • Able to complete a 400m pool swim in under 8 minutes
  • Malibu rescue
  • Torpedo buoy rescue and resuscitation
  • Signals at 85% accuracy including pool and helicopter
  • 1 and 2-man CPR; adult, child and infant protocols with practical and theoretical testing


Qualifying Certificate (QC)

This is the same course and award as the Lifeguard Award, except your swimming competency is not required to be assessed.

A QC is popular with adults and older members wishing to do the course but feel that the physical side might be a little daunting. If you qualify as a QC you can always upgrade and do the physical side to become a fully qualified lifeguard (LA). This is also a great opportunity for those who may have serious physical conditions but want to stay involved and have plenty to offer on the beach and in attitude.

The QC unfortunately does not allow you to compete or earn as a lifeguard.

Events or modules, which you don’t have to do for the QC:

  •  1 and 2-man CPR; adult, child and infant protocols with practical and theoretical testing
  • Know signals at 85% accuracy including pool and helicopter
  • Describe the Torpedo rescue


When is the course & How long is the course?

We try and run the 1st course off season JUST AFTER THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS (July & August) this allows you to qualify by October for the beginning of the season. Other courses are run during the season depending upon demand. (We like to have a minimum of 8 candidates on a course.)  

Once started, the course will run every SUNDAY @ Llandudno lifesaving club from 10 h 00 to  12 h 00. We should be finished all aspects of the curriculum in 8 – 10 sessions ( 8 -10 Sundays) this is why it is important not to miss out on a session, as we try and cover a different module each Sunday. 

Once I see that the group is ready for the exam the exam will be booked and candidates will be given the exam day and time, at least 2 weeks prior to the exam.

Exams are usually held at Llandudno but it is not unusual to go to another club and join them if there is an exam there. This normally only happens if we have less than 6 candidates.

What can you expect from us?
  • The course will prepare you with all the necessary skills required to pass the exam.
  • We will assist you whenever possible.
  • You will be taught water skills, safety as well as 1 st aid.
  • When we do the training courses we will use our own instructors.
  • Your safety is paramount to us so you will be closely watched
  • 100% commitment and attitude.


What do we expect from you?


  • 100% commitment and attitude.
  • Please be punctual for all the classes.
  • Come prepared to train hard.
  • Come dressed correctly ( see what to bring)
  • We will expect you to ask questions and to ask for extra tuition whenever you need help.
  • You will need to practice some of the material in your own time.
  • You will also be required to maintain a high level of fitness.
  • Some of you may need to improve your swimming strength.
  • It is important that you realize that lifesaving is a team effort. If you are irresponsible and do not attend class or prepare yourself sufficiently, you may jeopardize your classmate’s chances of passing the exam, and potentially put someone’s life in danger. It is also expected that by completing this course, you will also understand the responsibility required of you as a lifeguard.
What to bring?
  • Swimming costume.
  • Wetsuit not thicker than 3mm
  • Fins ( especially for weaker and less experienced surf swimmers)
  • Towel, hat, sunblock,
  • pen and paper,
  • Instruction manuals (when issued)
What is the cost?

Llandudnosurf Members:

The JLA /  LA course fee including the Exam = R 1250

Please note that these prices are for members who join our club and give a service to the club as far as Duties as lifeguards on the beach during the season. Once you have done 20 hours of voluntary duty you are then considered a fully qualified lifeguard. We do however expect you to give us voluntary service back to the club for the season.


The JLA and LA course fee including the Exam = R 4 700

Should you be considering doing the course and then using this L. A elsewher.  THIS IS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT GOING TO DO VOLUNTARY DUTY AT THE CLUB

What does it take to pass the exam?
  • Attend as many classes as possible
  • Pay attention during the classes so that you get a lot out of them
  • Ask for help whenever you need help
  • Study the theory.
  • Ask for catch up classes if you miss classes, or need help
  • Keep fit
  • If you listen to your instructor and do exactly as he/she has shown you then you will not have a problem. Don’t devise your own method without discussing it with the instructor first.

If you are battling with your swimming (in addition to the above) it is recommended that you do some training in a pool. You do not have to be a fast swimmer; you only have to be fit so that you don’t run out of steam. If you can pass the 1st examination in the pool, you should be good enough to meet the other swimming requirements. Learn to pace yourself

Duties after completion of the course

On completion of the course the recently qualified lifeguard will be assigned to a squad for active duty for the season – typically the summer months.

If you are over the age of 30 you are not required to do duty at all. But you must do the 20 hours to substantiate your LA award. 

It must be noted that once you have passed your LA,  JLA OR QC exam you have to complete 20 hours of duty before you can actually get your certificate. 

Each of the 4 squads are assigned a weekend (Saturday and Sunday of that same weekend) each month throughout summer (Saturday 14 h 00 to 18 h 00 and Sunday 10 h 00 to 18 h 00).

You are required to be present on the duty dates assigned to the squad. If you cannot make duty for whatever reason your squad leader needs to be notified and you must find someone to swop duties with for the duty day in question.

 Once you have commenced with the course I will put you into a duty squad. We want you to go and meet your squad leaders and do duties as “lifeguard’s under training” this will be hugely beneficial to you as you will gain invaluable experience, meet other lifeguard’s, learn from experienced top class lifeguard’s as well as start getting the 20 hours needed to finalize your award.