Training

Pool Lifeguard

Lifeguard supervising children

Pool Lifeguard Skill Set (SISSS00111)

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • PUAEME001B Provide emergency care
  • PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation
  • SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues
  • SISCAQU006 Supervise clients in aquatic locations
  • SISCAQU007 Perform advanced water rescues

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 (SISSS00111) Pool Lifeguard Skill Set, which covers all three qualifications.

The Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard course offers expert professional training, and leads to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Skill Set. Along with covering the skills and knowledge of First Aid, resuscitation, swimming and water safety you will also learn about rescue and emergency response techniques, aquatic supervision, risk management, public relations, effective communication, conflict management and basic technical pool operations. These are valuable skills in any work context and lifeguarding is a dynamic, in-demand profession that can open up work opportunities in a wide variety of national and international locations. There are also opportunities for career advancement such as Supervisor, Duty Manager, Facility Manager, Swim Teacher and Trainer/Assessor.

Ongoing Training

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

Both lifeguards and employers must recognise the need for and encourage regular ongoing lifeguard training and professional 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 location and selected course:

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

Please check delivery options available at the time of booking.

Pre-requisites

There is no prior learning required for the full Pool Lifeguard Skill Set (SISSS00111). However, some Royal Life Saving State and Territory Member Organisations may not offer the full Skill Set in one course and will require you to complete some units as part of another short course.

Update courses require a current Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard certificate, i.e. completed in the last 12 months.

Those students that already have a current Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion and/or current First Aid certificate will be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Please note:

  • It is recommended that candidates are 16 in the calendar year they attempt the 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 CPR on a resuscitation manikin placed on the floor.

Please contact your local Royal Life Saving STMO for information on how they deliver the PLG Skill Set, minimum age requirements and how RPL impacts course length and fees.

Content

The following areas are assessed:

Theory

Lifeguarding and the law; accident prevention; risk management; aquatic supervision; first aid principles; 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 12 months)
  • Royal Life Saving Society – Australia Pool Lifeguard Licence in NSW and ACT only – (after completion of an "On-the-Job" Assessment)

Statement of Attainment for Units of Competency from the SIS10 National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package:

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid*
  • PUAEME001B Provide emergency care
  • PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation
  • SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues
  • SISCAQU006 Supervise clients in aquatic locations
  • SISCAQU007 Perform advanced water rescues

The following are electives available in some States and Territories (check with your local Royal Life Saving Office):

  • HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support *
  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation *
  • PUAOPE010C Operate an Automated External Defibrillator in an emergency
  • SISXEMR001 Respond to emergency situations

Those units above with an asterisk (*) have been taken from the HLT National Health Training Package.

Pathway

The Units from the PLG Skill Set (SISSS00111) are all elective units in the Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation (SIS31015) from the SIS10 National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

On-the-Job Assessment

Industry places premium value on Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard course graduates because they have been exposed to industry environments using current and authentic 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 facilitate 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.

Enrolment Information

To find a course closest to you, simply click on the ‘Find a Scheduled Course’ feature on the top right of the screen.

Please note that the Royal Life Saving Society Australia National Office is NOT a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).  All AQF accredited training is delivered by the Royal Life Saving State and Territory Member Organisations (STMOs) as listed below.  To obtain specific details about the courses delivered at your local area it is important you get in contact with your local Royal Life Saving STMO.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) - including Canberra metropolitan and surrounds

  • Royal Life Saving Society ACT Branch (RTO 88175)

New South Wales (NSW) - including Sydney metropolitan and Illawarra, Hunter, Riverina, Northern and Western Regions

  • Royal Life Saving Society Australia - NSW (RTO 90666)

· Northern Territory (NT) - including Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs

  • Royal Life Saving Society Australia – NT (RTO 0859)

· Queensland (QLD) - including Brisbane metropolitan, Far North and Regional Queensland

  • Royal Life Saving Society QLD (RTO 5431)

· South Australia (SA) - including Adelaide metropolitan and regional areas

  • Royal Life Saving Society Australia – South Australian Branch (RTO 0996)

· Tasmania (TAS) - including Hobart, Launceston and North West regions

  • Royal Life Saving Society Australia – Tasmania Branch (RTO 0776)
  • Courses run by Royal Life Saving Tasmania are delivered through Royal Life Saving Society QLD (RTO 5431)

· Victoria (VIC) - including Melbourne metropolitan and regional areas

  • Life Saving Victoria (RTO 21799)

· Western Australia (WA) - including Perth metropolitan and regional areas

  • Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia (RTO 0854)
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