The Pool Lifeguard National training package is designed to provide the required skills to work as a Pool Lifeguard in aquatic environments such as Swim Centres and recreational facilities
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Course Structure

The course covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and basic and advanced water rescues and consists of both theory and practical components.

  • Online Theory component
  • 2-Day Face to Face Practical workshops  (6 – 8 hrs per day)

The pre-course online theory component will give insight as to what will be taught on the days of their face-to-face attendance and will also provide insight into the terminology and expectations of a Pool Lifeguard.

The face to face practical workshops involve physical components including a 200m swim in under 6 minutes (any recognisable stroke), recover and resuscitate, contact and non-contact tows, and the basic and advanced water rescue techniques, all of which are contextualised to the facility. You will also be required to perform CPR for an extended period of time.

The theory components on the days of the face-to-face delivery are all active learning activities where everyone will be involved. All prospective Pool Lifeguards will be involved in active learning, role plays and troubleshooting activities on the days of their attendance. Communication, conflict resolution skills, incident reporting, and Venue checklists are also done within the theory component.


You must provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI) number at the time of enrolment. A USI is your individual education number and is required if you are undertaking nationally recognised training. To find your USI and further information please visit the website

Allowable Time

  • When completing the Full Course, candidates have three (3) months to complete their training. A refresher will need to be carried out every 12 months. Therefore, you mustn’t let your competencies expire.
  • When completing a Pool Lifeguard Update, applicants must complete this prior to the expiry date of the existing competencies or within six (6) weeks of expiry. Failure to meet set deadlines will determine that the candidate is not competent and will require to complete the full course.

Prerequisite Unit

HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
HLTAID012 – First Aid in an Education Setting

Units of Competency / Course Content

Course SISSS00129 covers the following units within the Certificate III of Aquatics and Recreation:

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

Accreditation Requirements

Completion of:

  • Online Theory Modules
  • Practical Workshop Induction
  • On-the-job Training
  • Competency Assessment

To be eligible for qualification upon completion of the Pool Lifeguard National training package, students must be over 16 years of age.

Once this qualification has been attained, a refresher will need to be carried out every 12 months.

Certification | Accreditation

Students who have successfully completed this course will receive an electronic SCTA Pool Lifeguard certificate along with a Statement of Attainment listing the above competencies.