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Pool Lifeguard qualification

Pool Lifeguard

The Pool Lifeguard course prepares participants with acceptable standards of knowledge, judgement and physical ability for supervising individuals in swimming pools. Our course is offered by our trainer Lyn on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 as a third party provider.

Pool Lifeguard course description

This course set provides the skills to supervise the safety of participants in aquatic recreation facilities and manage water-based rescues and emergencies for students who already hold a current HLTAID011 Provide First Aid. The primary objective of a Pool Lifeguard at an aquatic location is to supervise patrons within the aquatic environment and to assist in preventing drowning.

The course applies to individuals who may be required to provide a first aid response to a casualty in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies.

Essential modules include accident prevention, administration, public relations, education, rescue response and basic technical operation.

Course Cost: $365 & $145 Re-Accreditation

Full payment is required at the time of booking to reserve your place. We accept credit card (Visa or Mastercard), PayPal, as well as electronic funds transfer (internet banking).

How to book

Minimum age

Be at least 16 years of age.


The Pool Lifeguard course includes both practical and theoretical components (the theory component can be completed through an online learning platform) or pre-course workbook.

Provider of Training and Assessment

This course is delivered and assessed on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 by Accredited Training Company


Units Being Delivered

The following units will be included in your certificate:
  • HLTAID009 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • SISCAQU022 - Provide oxygen resuscitation and therapy in an aquatic environment
  • SISCAQU019 - Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations
  • SISCAQU020 - Perform water rescues
  • SISCAQU021 - Perform complex water rescues

Learning Rights, Responsibilities and Support, including Complaints

Please check out our Student Handbooks for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Course Duration

Online with face-to-face min. Duration, 960 minutes.

The Pool Lifeguard course includes

  • The Role of the Lifeguard
  • Accident Prevention
  • Facility Analysis and Supervision
  • Aquatic Emergencies
  • Lifeguarding Skills and Procedures
  • Public Relations and Public Education
  • Aquatic Emergency Code
  • Swimming and Leisure Pool Operation Safety
  • Lifeguarding and the law

Certification Issued

Statement of Attainment in the following units of competency:
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID009 Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • SISCAQU002 Perform Basic Water Rescues
  • SISCAQU006 Supervise Clients in an Aquatic Facility or Environment
  • SISCAQU007 Perform Advanced Water Rescues
  • PUAEME001 Provide Emergency Care
  • PUAEME003 Administer Oxygen in an Emergency Situation

Certification validity

One year from the issue date.

Entry Requirements

This course set has a pre-requisite unit of:

  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

An individual undertaking this course will need to demonstrate the following to be eligible for entry:

  • Physical capability to be able to meet the demands of the practical demonstration skills including:
    • CPR*
    • Swim 25 metres and perform a 25 metre non-contact tow of a casualty. Working as a team, extract a casualty from deep water using extraction equipment and demonstrate advanced resuscitation techniques
    • Swim 10 metres and then complete a minimum 10 metre contact tow of a conscious casualty and remove the casualty from the water without assistance.
    • Swim 25 metres and then retrieve an object replicating a person at the deepest part of the pool at the aquatic facility (but no greater than two (2) metres) and perform a 25-metre contact tow of an unconscious casualty. Work as a team to extract the casualty with suspected spinal injury using spinal immobilisation extraction equipment from shallow water
    • Visual acuity to see the common visual signs and signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water which includes “lack of movement” and ”arm waving”
    • Hear the common visual signs and signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water which includes “calling for help”

Please note, if you plan to work as a Pool Lifeguard, the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations note there are minimum age, health and fitness requirements of persons employed to be performing the role of a Pool Lifeguard. The Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation (GSPO) SV11 Pool Lifeguard Health Assessments outlines the criteria regarding vision, hearing, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, pregnancy and immunizations. SV12 Pool Lifeguard Fitness Assessments outlines the criteria to ensure lifeguards are physically fit enough to perform the required tasks and to provide a measure of safety should an emergency occur that requires physical ability.

There is an additional on-the-job licensing requirement for pool lifeguards working in NSW. Please check with your employer regarding these requirements.

*Important note: In order to issue an accredited certificate, CPR must be performed on the floor and rescue breathing techniques demonstrated on manikins, with no exemptions.

Online study options:  The online learning program can be found in the student portal. Students must have access to a computer, smart phone, tablet or other electronic device with access to the internet to complete the online studies and practical assessment.

Certificate Renewal Requirements

Unit Period
HLTAID009 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation 12 months
SISCAQU022 - Provide oxygen resuscitation and therapy in an aquatic environment Not applicable
SISCAQU019 - Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations Not applicable
SISCAQU020 - Perform water rescues Not applicable
SISCAQU021 - Perform complex water rescues Not applicable

Assessment Activities

  • Simulated First Aid Scenario – Adult CPR (Selection of a scenario where the student has no prior knowledge of the casualty’s condition prior to starting treatment)
  • Complete two first aid incident report forms based on the simulated first aid scenarios
  • Performance Task – Infant and Child CPR
  • Identify the casualty’s illness or injury through history, signs and symptoms.
  • Recognise and respond to three (3) supervision scenarios:
  • Participate in a discussion with an aquatic industry leader to clarify safety rules for the activity
  • Identify the common signs and signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water and possible contributing factors
  • Demonstrating fitness, strength, efficiency and speed, to perform the complex aquatic rescues
  • Demonstrate the following knowledge and skills for each rescue outlined above:
    • effectively utilise rescue equipment suited to the type of rescue
    • communicate effectively with the person in distress to provide instructions
    • demonstrate fitness and strength throughout the rescue
  • Documentation  complete Incident Report forms and an Equipment fault Log
  • Theory assessment  A written exam consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions must be completed at the end of the training session. Students must answer all questions
  • Complete the tasks in line with State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies and workplace or site procedures.

24/7 online booking is available or you can contact us directly for course dates and inquiries.

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Training and assessment is delivered on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909

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