Course Details

Pool Lifeguard School Holiday Program

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Run over three days the Pool Lifeguard Skill Set SISSS00129 Holiday Program ensures 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 Re-qualification course (assessment only course).


Target Audience:

To participate in this course our recommendation is that you are 16 years of age and above.

You are required to have the following prerequisite:
  • Have completed a HLTAID003 or HLTAID011 – Provide first aid certificate

Pre-course Requirements:

Should you need to complete the HLTAID003 or HLTAID011 – Provide first aid certificate prior to your course Click here – (SA) for eLearning course 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:
  • HLTAID003 or HLTAID011 Provide first aid (credit transfer)
  • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • 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

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:
  • Swim 200 metres in less than 6 minutes without using equipment;
  • Demonstrate correct swimming strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, side stroke and survival backstroke);
  • Perform a non-contact tow: 25m swim and 25m tow within 1 minute 45 secs;
  • Be fit and capable to perform assisted lifts (spinal management) with other Pool Lifeguards.
  • Retrieve an object from deepest water in the aquatic centre, (3m maximum).

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, child 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 written 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
  • Lifeguard’s and the law
  • Risks and hazards
  • Manual handling
  • Communication
  • Supervision
  • Emergencies
  • Patron behaviour
  • CPR
  • Emergency care
  • Oxygen use
  • Water rescues
  • Spinal management