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Rescue Board Race Finish

Rescue board race finish


Generally we do swim training on Friday nights at the RGU Pool – Meet in the cafe at about 6.45pm to be in the water for 7.00pm. Currently we have a lane to ourselves and we train for an hour.

When training, we go by a specific program which will help to make you a better swimmer.

Swim training is on at RGU pool every Friday!


Sprint training on the beach

Sprint training on the beach

Beach Training

We meet at the club hut (see “Location” page) on the beach between 12.30pm and about 4:00pm on Sundays to train for sports competitions and to pass the SLSGB Beach Lifeguard Exam (and to fit in the occasional cheeky surf too!).

13 Responses to “Training”

  • Hi,
    I’d like to become involved in the surf rescue and training. I’ve not done any training so far but I’m a good swimmer and I’ve started surfing last year (still not great at it 🙂 ).
    How do I go about getting started?


  • Hi Cally!
    Thanks for the message! We are currently doing winter swim training and you’d be more than welcome to come down. We meet every Friday at RGU from 6:45pm – 8:00pm.
    Cost is only £2.50 each and we do a good session in that time 🙂
    Right now it’s about your fitness in the pool but when the weather gets better we’ll be more focused on beach work. We still meet on Sundays and you can come down for that, we just have a play in the surf at the moment until the courses start in a few months.

    I apologise for not replying sooner, I’ve been on holiday for a while and didn’t have access to the website which needs some updating!!
    See you soon!

  • Hi

    I am interested in doing a beach lifeguard course in the UK but cannot afford to travel to Cornwall/Devon for a week. The only other problem is that I do not live near Aberdeen so wouldn’t be able to go to your regular training nights.

    Do you have courses that run several days in a row or do you only do your regular training days and evenings.

    Thanks, David

  • Hi David,
    Thanks for the message.
    The first part isn’t a problem but the second kind of is…
    I’m afraid that due to course leaders living in Aberdeen we can’t really branch out and to do the course you really need to attend the regular training nights/days.
    A normal course is run over a month or two (I’m not a course leader yet so don’t know exactly) there is usually one weekday night spend on theory and then on Sundays we try to other more practical aspects such as first aid, beach incidents and water rescues as you might find while on duty.
    It’s a shame you don’t live closer, ever thought about moving? 😉

    Even if you don’t do the course you’re more than welcome to attend a Sunday session or two to meet the guys and have a bit of a go with soe kit.
    There should be people at the hut (see locations page as to where we are) from 12:30pm on Sundays.

    Apologies for not replying sooner, had a stomach destroying encounter with some mirowave lamb. I won in the end but it was a hard fought battle lol.

    Best regards,

  • Hi Josh

    Thanks for replying. (hope your feeling better!)

    My cousins live in that neck of the woods so if I’m up visiting sometime soon I might pop by one sunday to see what its all about but I’ll let you know if I’m planning on dropping in

    Thanks very much


  • Hi, I would love to do something like this, I was wondering if there is any kind of age restriction? And also do you still meet in the winter?

  • Hi Ellie,
    You got mail!


  • Hi,
    I am 16 years old, quite a strong swimmer but have only surfed a couple of times before. I am really interested in what you do and was wondering if it was possible to join.

  • Hi im interested in doing the beach lifeguard course and was wondering if you could tell me more about it@
    thanks! isla

  • Hi Ellen,

    Firstly, don’t worry at all about your lack of surfing experience! A lot of people who start can’t surf well. So yes, it’s very possible for you to join!
    All you need to do is come down to the club on a Sunday at 12:30 and you can see what we do first hand.
    Hope to see you soon!

  • Hi Isla,
    Glad to hear you’re intersted in doing the beach lifeguard course!
    Basically the course involves quite a few elements. There are the water rescues which are done on rescue boards, with rescue tubes and without any aids.
    There are land based scenarios which you have to be able to demonstrate management of a lifeguard patrol. Other elements are first aid, theory tests, timed run (200m in under 40 seconds), and timed swim (400M in under 7mins 30 secs).
    Hopefully that help you a bit 🙂
    We don’t have any courses lined up for this year as of yet but this may change.
    You can come down to the club on one of our Sunday training sessions if you want to find out more.

    Cheers, Josh

  • Hello,

    I’ve recently moved to Aberdeen and was wondering what you guys do training wise through the winter, as it would be great to get involved. I’m a keen surfer and used to do a lot of swimming. I’d like to get involved in your beach activities, but guessing it’s maybe more just pool training until spring comes around?

    Look forward to hearing from you,


  • Hi Kieran,
    Thanks for the message and sorry for the late reply,
    It’s great to see you already do surfing and have swimming experience, this will help a lot if you decide to Lifeguard qualification.
    We train in the sea right through the winter, we’ve just had a small Christmas and new year break but will resume weekely training on 5th January.
    We meet on Sundays (5th Jan onwards) at 12:30 at the hut on the beach if you’d like to come down and join in.
    Cheers, Josh

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