Pool Lifeguarding is a fun, flexible and dynamic job. It is also a point of entry for a career in the aquatics industry. The first step in becoming a Pool Lifeguard is getting qualified. This means obtaining a RLSSA Pool Lifeguard Licence which is the minimum qualification for Pool Lifeguards in NSW and meets the standards across Australia. The training undertaken ensures that every Lifeguard possesses the skills and knowledge to handle a wide variety of incidents that occur on a day to day basis at aquatic centres.
In order to obtain a Pool Lifeguard Award, prospective Lifeguards must meet the minimum age of 16 years old.
Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a Statement of Attainment with the following units of competency:
- HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
- HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support *
- HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation *
- PUAEME001B Provide Emergency Care
- PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation
- PUAOPE010C Operate an automated external defibrillator in an emergency
- SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues
- SISCAQU006 Supervise clients in aquatic locations
- SISCAQU007 Perform advanced water rescues
These competencies are from the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package and contribute to the SIS31015 Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation delivered by Royal Life Saving. Those units above with an asterisk (*) have been taken from the Health Training Package.
Face to Face
There is one delivery format for the Pool Lifeguard course:
Pool Lifeguard Course: This course will provide participants with all the necessary industry qualifications and skills required to work as a Pool Lifeguard at an aquatic centre in New South Wales. The course combines First Aid and Pool Lifeguard competencies into an intensive 3 day training program.
All participants will be required to complete online learning as the pre course requirements. Candidates then attend 3 days of training where upon successful completion will receive their Statement of Attainment with all the competencies listed above. Once employed, candidates will be required to complete an On the Job workbook.
All candidates are required to successfully complete a range of practical assessments, an on course workbook and a theory exam. Please note: this course requires practical application of resuscitation that will require kneeling on the floor; a range of first aid practical scenarios; and a range of swimming and rescue application skills. Candidates need to successfully complete all the practical components under the award conditions in order to achieve a Statement of Attainment. More information can be found by clicking here.
In addition to the successful completion of the course, candidates are required to complete an additional on-the-job assessment in order to obtain a Pool Lifeguard Licence. This On-the-job assessment ensures the Pool Lifeguard has completed a venue induction process and is able to apply the skills learnt in the training course at their place of employment.
The Pool Lifeguard Licence is valid for 12 months. Refreshing the skills for lifeguards is completed in a one day format.