Pool Lifeguard


This course includes HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid as part of the course delivery across the two days. You will not be required to seek this qualification prior.

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

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.

A medium to high level of aquatic fitness is required for some practical components of the course. Candidates must also be able to perform techniques on the floor, for an extended period of time, including uninterrupted CPR.

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.

There are no longer any course pre-requisites to entering courses scheduled from 16 October 2023 onwards. This course delivery is inclusive of HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid

Course Description
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. 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.

Course Components include First Aid & Oxygen Delivery, Supervision, Risk Management, Communication, Aquatic Rescues and Emergency Rescues.

The training course is conducted over two days. All 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). Candidates need to be competent in all theory and practical components to successfully complete the award conditions in order to achieve a Statement of Attainment.

Pre-Course Learning
The Pool Lifeguard course is completed via a Blended Delivery format, which allows candidates to work through self-paced theory content, before being assessed across the 2 day workshop.

Online learning must be completed in full prior to attending your 2 day workshop. 
  • Pre-course learning: Self-paced online modules (approximately 6 hours)
  • On-course: 2 Days (16 Hours) face to face learning and assessment

Candidates are required to bring:
  • Swimwear
  • Towels, goggles (if preferred)
  • Lunch (some venues may have options to buy food)
  • Writing Material (including pens)

To achieve a Statement of Attainment, candidates must successfully complete the practical components under the award conditions.

Upon successful course completion of the course participants will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Training certificate (Statement of Attainment), consisting of the following units:

Units making up the SISSS00133 - Pool Lifeguard Skillset
  • HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
  • 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 

Post Course
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.

Before attending a Face to face workshop, please consider your health and others'. Please do not attend your chosen course if you are feeling unwell or experiencing flu-like symptoms.


In preparation of your Pool Lifeguard Course:

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Upcoming Workshops

NameDateTimeLocationAvailable SpacesCost
Pool Lifeguard 1 & 2 June 2024 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Launceston Aquatic Centre 1 $425.00
Pool Lifeguard 29 & 30 June 2024 09:00 am - 05:00 pm St Michaels Collegiate 5 $425.00
Pool Lifeguard 16 & 17 November 2024 09:00 am - 03:30 pm QUEENSTOWN POOL 12 $425.00