Course Details

Pool Lifeguard

Upcoming Courses

Name Date Time Location Available Spaces Cost Single Enrol Group Enrol
Pool Lifeguard 4 - 6 September 2020 04:00 pm – 05:00 pm The Parks Recreation & Sports Centre 5 $290.00
Pool Lifeguard 18 - 20 September 2020 04:00 pm – 04:00 pm Fluerieu Aquatic Centre 10 $290.00
Pool Lifeguard 8 & 9 October 2020 09:00 am – 05:00 pm SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre 9 $290.00

This course is designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure once completed, you have high-level competencies and are “job-ready” to commence your career as a pool lifeguard.

You will receive comprehensive training in aquatic emergency care, emergency management, oxygen resuscitation, aquatic facility supervision and maintain necessary annual CPR requirements.



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:

Course candidates should be a minimum of 16 years old.

Prerequisites: Hold a current Provide First Aid certificate (HLTAID003) - (proof of First Aid qualification must be provided prior to the commencement of the course).

Should you need to complete the HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid certificate prior to your course date Click here - (SA) or click here (NT) for a list of upcoming training dates.

Learning Outcomes:

  • HLTAID001 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/NT recognises that students participating in its training courses may have special needs. These may include but are not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities. Students with special needs should contact us prior to enrolment to discuss their needs.

Pre course workbook

Physical elements of the course:
  • Retrieve an object from the deep parts of the pool (3m)
  • Swim 25m, and then tow a patient back 25m in less than 1 minute and 45 seconds
  • Swim 200m in less than 6 minutes
  • General strength and fitness to tread water for extended periods of time

Assessment is conducted using the following methods:
  • 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 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation procedures – Participants will demonstrate Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 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 basic first aid & rescue principles.
  • Theory Assessment – Participants must complete a written theory assessment.

Program Benefits:

  • Surf Life Saving SA/NT 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.


  • The role of a Lifeguard
  • Identify and respond to aquatic emergencies
  • Apply basic and advanced water rescue principles
  • Communicate incident details
  • Accident prevention
  • Facility analysis and supervision
  • Lifeguarding skills and procedures
  • Public relations and public education
  • Swimming and leisure pool safety
  • Lifeguarding and the Law