What's it like to be a Lifeguard?
Lifeguards use their skills in accident prevention and rescue response to ensure the safety of individuals who are using an aquatic facility, such as a pool, water park or beach.
Tasks and duties
- Supervising and overseeing patrons in aquatic locations, and acting immediately to ensure the safety of individuals in the event of an emergency.
- Providing water rescue, first aid, administering oxygen and emergency care and treatment as required.
- Undertaking various maintenance tasks and risk management duties to provide a clean, safe and accessible facility.
Lifeguards are highly skilled individuals who remain calm and react effectively in emergency situations.
The role of a Lifeguard relies on excellent judgement and fitness. Lifeguards may work in public and private pools, beaches, water parks or rivers.
What can I earn as a Lifeguard?
How to become a Lifeguard
- For Pool Lifeguards at a swimming pool or aquatic facility, obtain your Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard certificate. This teaches and assesses your skills in three areas – theory, practical and physical skills.
- For Surf Lifeguards, attain a vocational qualification such as a Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) (PUA21012), or your Surf Life Saving Bronze Medallion. You will also need to pass physical skill requirements.
- There are many opportunities for career advancement in the lifeguard field, such as becoming a facility manager, trainer/assessor, supervisor or duty manager.