Training

Pool Lifeguard

Lifeguard supervising childrenMay be eligible for accreditation in:
  • SISCAQU306A Supervise Clients at an Aquatic Facility or Environment
  • SISCAQU318    Perform advanced water rescues
  • PUAEME003C  Administer Oxygen in an Emergency Situation
  • PUAEME001B  Provide Emergency Care

Australian Lifeguards are world-renown for their high levels of skill and knowledge in accident prevention and rescue response. The current minimum industry requirement for employment as a Pool Lifeguard at a Swimming Pool or Aquatic Facility is the Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard certificate.

Description

The Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard Certificate is recognised throughout Australia and in many countries around the world. The certificate is an entry-level professional qualification that can lead to an exciting career in the aquatic and recreation industry.

It is recognised that those professionally responsible for patrolling a venue – be it a pool, lake or river – require additional skills and knowledge over and above those required by a qualified lifesaver. However, those wishing to become lifeguards need to first qualify as lifesavers, where they will learn a wide range of water safety, swimming, lifesaving and resuscitation skills. These qualifications should include the Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion and Royal Life Saving First Aid certificate. Those without these qualifications can choose to undertake the Pool Lifeguard Training Package where all three courses will be delivered.

The Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard course offers professional training and qualification. Essential modules such as accident prevention, administration, public relations, education, rescue response and basic technical operations are all included and provide participants with a level of skill that is known worldwide.

Please note that this course requires access to an aquatic facility to complete a range of workplace activities for these to be documented and assessed as part of an "On-the-Job” Assessment.

Ongoing Training

A lifeguard's job requires a high degree of judgement, skill and fitness in both day-to-day lifeguarding and in the stress of an emergency. Ongoing and updating training helps sustain the lifeguard's confidence in their ability to prevent accidents and to respond competently when they do occur.

Both lifeguards and employers must recognise the need for and encourage regular ongoing lifeguard training and development opportunities. Physical and mental preparation is equally important. Lifeguards should be able to demonstrate at any time that their ability has remained at an appropriate standard and that they have stayed abreast of any changes in policy or procedure.

Delivery Mode options

Delivery modes vary depending on your selected course and may include:

  1. Face-to-Face – Classroom based includes theory, practical instruction and assessment
  2. Flexible delivery – Self-paced pre-learning and classroom based delivery.
  3. On-line - Self-paced E-learning before attending a face-to-face practical assessment

Please check delivery options available at the time of booking.

Pre-requisites

A full course enrolment may require a current Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion and current First Aid certificate. There is no prior learning required for the Pool Lifeguard Package course. Update courses require a current Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard certificate. It is recommended that candidates are 16 in the calendar year they attempt the course.

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

Content

This course involves theory, practical and assessment sessions. The following areas are assessed:

Theory

Lifeguarding and the law; accident prevention; rescue response; rescue skills; rescue procedures; administration and management; public relations and education; pool operations; and venue considerations.

Practical

Communication/interpersonal skills to promote compliance with safety rules and regulations and respond to an aquatic emergency; Application of supervision techniques in an aquatic environment to determine the appropriate course of action to minimise risks to clients and when required respond to an aquatic emergency; Ability to organise and delegate tasks to implement an aquatic emergency response plan as part of a team; Assessment and treatment of casualties according to approved first aid techniques and standards including the use of oxygen and defibrillation equipment.

Physical Fitness and Strength

Participants will require a medium to high level of aquatic fitness in order to successfully complete the following practical components:

  • Deep Water Retrieval Test – ability to retrieve an object from the deepest water within the aquatic environment
  • Lift Test – ability to lift a swimmer out of the water (using appropriate manual handing procedures)
  • Rescue Test – 25 metre swim / 25 metre non-contact tow in less than 1 minute and 45 seconds
  • Fitness Test – 200 metre swim in less than 6 minutes (using any stroke)
  • Spinal Injury Management
  • Rescue Response Initiatives

Outcomes

Pool Lifeguard

Successful candidates will receive a:

  • Royal Life Saving Society – Australia Pool Lifeguard Certificate (valid for 12months)
  • Royal Life Saving Society – Australia Pool Lifeguard Licence in NSW and ACT only – (after completion of on the job component)

If required, a Statement of Attainment for Units of Competency from the SIS10 National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package may be available:

  • SISCAQU306A Supervise Clients at an Aquatic Facility or Environment
  • SISCAQU318    Perform advanced water rescues
  • PUAEME003C  Administer Oxygen in an Emergency Situation
  • PUAEME001B  Provide Emergency Care
The following are electives available in some States and Territories (check with your local Royal Life Saving Office): 
  • PUAOPE010C  Operate an Automated External Defibrillator in an emergency
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to Emergency Situations
These Units may go towards a credit in a Certificate III in Aquatics from the SIS10 National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package

Pathway

Units may go towards a credit in a Certificate III in Aquatics from the SIS10 National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

On-the-Job Assessment

Industry places a premium value on Pool Lifeguard course graduates because they have been exposed to industry environments using current workplace equipment and documents. Whilst the assessment can be undertaken in a simulated workplace environment the industry strongly recommends that the assessment be conducted in an actual workplace and Royal Life Saving will encourage this wherever possible.

Pool Lifeguard Licence

The Aquatic Industry in NSW and ACT require Pool Lifeguards to be licensed to their specific workplace facilities. The On-the-Job Assessment is recorded in an “On-the -Job” Workbook which is then forwarded to Royal Life Saving where an industry assessor will assess that the documents meet the required standard. This process enables Pool Lifeguard course graduates to apply the knowledge and skills they have obtained in the course and have it applied to their specific operational Aquatic Facility. On successful completion of the Pool Lifeguard Course and On-the-Job workbook, candidates will gain their Pool Lifeguard Licence.

International Lifeguards

If you have a current Lifeguard qualification obtained overseas please contact your nearest RLS Office to discuss any further training requirements. 

Course Locations

We deliver nationally recognised training across the following locations with:

  • Pool Lifeguard Training - Australian Capital Territory (ACT) - including Canberra metropolitan and surrounds
  • Pool Lifeguard Training - New South Wales (NSW) - including Sydney metropolitan and Illawarra, Hunter, Riverina, Northern and Western Regions
  • Pool Lifeguard Training - Northern Territory (NT) - including Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs
  • Pool Lifeguard Training - Queensland (QLD) - including Brisbane metropolitan, Far North and Regional Queensland
  • Pool Lifeguard Training - South Australia (SA) - including Adelaide metropolitan and regional areas
  • Pool Lifeguard Training - Tasmania (TAS) - including Hobart, Launceston and North West regions
  • Pool Lifeguard Training - Victoria (VIC)
  • Pool Lifeguard Training - Western Australia (WA)  
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