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Pool Lifeguard

Pool Lifeguard

Please note: A new version of this course will be implemented from 16th October, 2023. For bookings after this date, refer to the pre-requisites and outcomes on this screen as requirements and outcomes will be changing from this point onwards.


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.

Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard is a nationally recognised course that focuses on developing skills to supervise the safety of participants in aquatic recreation facilities and manage water-based rescues and emergencies.

Please note: Royal Life Saving Society NSW is not a CRICOS provider; it is unable to provide national training to overseas students holding a student visa.

Delivery Mode

The Pool Lifeguard course is completed via a Blended Delivery format, which allows candidates to work through self-paced online theory content, before being assessed across the two-day workshop. Online learning is provided upon successful enrolment.


Online Learning must be completed in full prior to attending the course.


On course, candidates are required to successfully complete a range of practical assessments (within time limits) and a theory exam which includes multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions.


In addition to the successful completion of the online and face to face components of the course, candidates are required to complete on-the-job supervising hours in a range of conditions to obtain a Pool Lifeguard Licence.

This on-the-job assessment ensures the pool lifeguard can apply the skills learnt in the training course at their place of employment. The on-the-job component needs to be signed off by a Workplace Supervisor.

The amount of training is approximately 34 hours, comprising of:

·        Online learning and assessment: 6 hours

·        Face-to-Face assessment/supervised Instruction: 16 hours

·        Work placement: 12 hours



For Courses Prior to 16th October:

Candidates must provide a current HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid qualification upon enrolling in this course.

A medium to high level of aquatic fitness is required for some practical components of the course. Candidates must also be able to perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on a resuscitation manikin placed on the floor.

There is a moderate to high level of reading and writing in this course. ACSF 3 language and reading level required. Candidates who experience language and/or literacy difficulties may identify and request additional learning support through the enrolment process.

For Courses after 16th October:

The HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid unit is included in the course delivery. You will not be required to seek this qualification prior as a pre-requisite.

Age Requirement

Participants wishing to complete this training are to be 16 years of age or turning 16 in the calendar within which the course is to be held to participate in this course.


Upon successful course completion of the Pool Lifeguard course participants will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment, consisting of the following units from the SISSS00129 - Pool Lifeguard Skillset.


·        HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid (Awarded as Credit Transfer)

Units achieved on course:

·        PUAEME001 - Provide emergency care

·        PUAEME003 - Administer oxygen in an emergency

·        SISCAQU002 - Perform basic water rescues

·        SISCAQU006 - Supervise clients in aquatic locations

·        SISCAQU007 - Perform advanced water rescues

In addition to the above, the following units are also issued:

·        HLTAID009 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

·        PUAOPE010 - Operate an automated external defibrillator in an emergency

Achievement of these units provides credit towards SIS31015 Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation.

Please note: For courses scheduled beyond 16th October, 2023, course participants will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment, consisting of the following units from the SISSS00133 - Pool Lifeguard Skillset.

·       HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid (no longer a pre-requisite to enrolling)

·       SISCAQU019 – Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations

·       SISCAQU020 – Perform water rescues

·       SISCAQU021 – Perform complex water rescues

·       SISCAQU022 – Provide oxygen resuscitation and therapy in an aquatic environment


In addition to the following unit:

·       HLTAID009 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Please note: Lifeguards are required to complete an annual re-accreditation to remain qualified. For existing Lifeguards looking to renew their qualifications, please see Pool Lifeguard Update course.

How to Enrol

To locate and book into an assessment date, click the link below:

NSW Training Calendar

ACT Training Calendar

TAS Training Calendar

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