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As a pool lifeguard your job is to ensure the safety of others, to prevent accidents from occurring and to save lives.

Important Changes Incoming for Pool Lifeguard Courses

Royal Life Saving NSW-ACT-TAS will be soon implementing new versions of their Pool Lifeguard Training products, to be reflective of the new SISSS00133 – Pool Lifeguard skillset.


These changes will take place from Monday 16th October, with all scheduled courses for new candidates and 

re-accrediting Lifeguards transitioning beyond this date to reflect the new qualification requirements.

The new course will continue to be delivered in a blended format consisting of:

  • Interactive Online Learning, leading into,

  • 2 Days of face-to-face training.

Most importantly, the new course will be inclusive of the HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid unit, and candidates will no longer need to seek this prior to the course.


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Enrol in a Lifeguard Course Today

The first step in becoming a Pool Lifeguard is to get qualified. This means obtaining a Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard Award which is the minimum qualification for Pool Lifeguards in Australia.

What am I getting myself into?

Here are some industry insights into the role of a Pool Lifeguard within Australia from our recent National Aquatic Industry Workforce Survey

Employment Growth


Projected in next 5 years

Employment Type


of the Workforce is Casual

Average Salary


Average Annual Salary across Australia

Average Age of Lifeguards


40% within this age group

Making a positive impact


Belive this is the most enjoyable part


Lifeguard Careers

Already qualified? Check out the range of Pool Lifeguard Jobs on offer in our brand new Aquatic Industry Jobs Portal

Career Development and Support

Become an Industry Member with Royal Life Saving and Access professional development short courses and workshops. 


International Lifeguards

Lifeguarding techniques often differ between countries and organisations. That doesn’t mean that Lifeguards from overseas can’t work in Australia. It does however mean that they may need to go through a process to have their training recognised.


Overseas Lifeguards should be aware that not all overseas qualifications are recognised. Lifeguards will need to hold a current Pool Lifeguard certificate of that country that includes the International Life Saving (ILS) verification

Become a Lifeguard

As a pool lifeguard your job is to ensure the safety of others, to prevent accidents from occurring and to save lives. Few careers can give you that kind of job satisfaction that you’re making a real difference. Pool lifeguarding is a challenging and extremely rewarding career.

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