Course Details

SISSS00133 Pool Lifeguard Requalification

Upcoming Courses

NameDateTimeLocationAvailable SpacesCostSingle Enrol
SISSS00133 Pool Lifeguard Requalification11 January 202410:30 am – 04:30 pmSA Aquatic and Leisure Centre9$125.00


The SISSS00133 Pool Lifeguard Skill Set course consists of an online theory component and 1 day of face to face training and assessment.

Successful learners will have the skills and knowledge required to work as a Pool Lifeguard. It is also recommended for those involved in aquatic exercise‚ swim coaching‚ aquatic excursions or who have responsibility for the supervision and safety of people in and around swimming pools.

Industry guidelines recommend the Pool Lifeguard course be updated annually by completing a Pool Lifeguard requalification course (assessment only course).

You must be aware of when your Pool Lifeguard qualification expires. Industry has determined that a Pool Lifeguard certificate must be updated every 12 months by undertaking a requalification course. Once the date of expiry has passed you will be unable to work and unable to take a requalification course and will be required to enrol in a full course.

Target Audience:

To participate in this course our recommendation is that you are 16 years of age or above and hold a current Pool Lifeguard Certificate. A copy is required upon your enrolment.

You are required to have the following prerequisite:
  • Have completed HLTAID011 Provide First Aid certificate

Pre-course Requirements:

Should you need to complete the HLTAID011 Provide First Aid certificate prior to your course date Click here – (SA) for eLearning options and upcoming training dates.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Once you have successfully completed our training, you will be issued a statement of attainment with the following units of competency:
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid (credit transfer)
  • 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
  • During the training you will also be assessed in HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation and receive a separate statement of attainment for this unit

Learning Methods:

Special Needs and LLN Reasonable Adjustment

Surf Life Saving SA recognises that students participating in its training courses may have varying learning styles and support requirements. These may include but are not limited to students with language‚ literacy and/or numeracy concerns‚ or abilities. Students with any special needs are requested to contact us prior to registering for a course to discuss suitable arrangements.

Physical elements of the course:
  • Demonstrate correct swimming strokes (freestyle‚ breaststroke, side stroke and survival backstroke);
  • Participate in four simulated water rescues to return a person in difficulty to a point of safety; 
  • Complete a 10m swim and then complete one non-contact tow, towing the rescued person for at least 10m, and remove the person from the water without assistance from another person;
  • Complete a 10m swim and then complete one contact tow, towing the rescued person for at least 10m, and remove the person from the water with assistance from one other person;
  • Complete a 25m swim and then retrieve a submerged object replicating a person from a depth of no more than 2m. At the surface contact tow an unconscious casualty for at least 25m and work in a team to safely and efficiently extract the person from the water;
  • Complete a 10m swim and then complete one contact tow of a conscious casualty for at least 10m, and remove the person from the water without assistance from another person;
  • Complete a 25 metre swim and 25 metre non-contact tow of a conscious casualty, with an assisted landing and work in a team to safely and efficiently extract the person from the water;
  • Perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on both an adult and child manikin on the floor;
  • Perform at least 2 minutes of bag-valve-mask (with oxygen) ventilation and at least 2 minutes of compression during resuscitation procedures involving at least 2 rescuers on both an adult and child manikin on the floor;
  • Be fit and capable to perform assisted lifts (spinal management) with other Pool Lifeguards.


You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods:
  • Long and short answer questions
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Oral questions
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Scenarios situations
  • Role playing
  • Peer assessments
You will also complete several assessment tasks as follows:
  • Scenario assessment – Participants are required to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge to respond to a range of aquatic emergency situations, including scenarios aligned with the performance criteria required for this program.
  • Demonstration of CPR procedures – Participants will demonstrate CPR on training manikins – adult and infant – in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.
  • Demonstration of various first aid & rescue techniques – Participants, individually and as a group, are required to demonstrate competency in a range of first aid & rescue principles.
  • Theory assessment – Participants must complete a theory assessment.

Please note as of 1st September 2022 the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) have advised Registered Training Organisations that training and assessment activities undertaken during First Aid and CPR courses will revert to pre-COVID conditions. This means learners will be required to demonstrate rescue breathing techniques on manikins and not simulate such skills to the side of the manikin as previously allowed during the pandemic.  Learners will not have the opportunity to request an exemption from providing rescue breaths if they wish to gain a competent result in the Unit of Competency and/or qualification.

Program Benefits:

  • Surf Life Saving SA issue all current units of competency, ensuring you are provided with the most up to date training available.
  • Our course provides you with a high level of skill and knowledge to ensure you are competent in your role as a Pool Lifeguard.
  • We regularly review our content and delivery to ensure our course meets employers needs and industry standards.


  • Our course covers the requirements of a Pool Lifeguard and enhances your previous qualifications through comprehensive range of tasks and activities, as follows:
  • Role of a Lifeguard
  • Lifeguards and the law
  • Risks and hazards
  • Manual handling
  • Communication
  • Supervision
  • Emergencies
  • Patron behaviour
  • CPR
  • Emergency care
  • Oxygen use
  • Water rescues
  • Spinal management