Pool Lifeguards have the primary objective to supervise patrons within the aquatic environment to assist in preventing drowning. Successful Pool Lifeguards will have patience and concentration and be able to balance preventative and responsive activities to keep pool users informed and safe.
If you have a passion for helping others and supporting your local community, you should consider a career as a Pool Lifeguard.
GSPO. 9.4. Training and Qualifications of a Pool Lifeguard
9.4.1. To perform the duties of a Pool Lifeguard at an Aquatic Facility an individual should hold a current:
a) Statement of Attainment with the SISSS00111 – Pool Lifeguard skill set endorsed as part of the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package as delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or;
b) Statement of Attainment with the same competencies as delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
– HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
– PUAEME001B – Provide emergency care
– PUAEME003C – Administer oxygen in an emergency situation
– SISCAQU002 – Perform basic water rescues
– SISCAQU006 – Supervise clients in aquatic locations
– SISCAQU007 – Perform advanced water rescues
In-service Training / Professional Development
GSPO. 9.6. Pool Lifeguard In-Service Training
9.6.1. It is recommended that lifeguards practice their skills on a regular basis throughout the year.
9.6.2. Lifeguards working in a seasonal pool should participate in a facility specific in-service training session at the aquatic facility they are employed at just prior to the start of the season and one at least every three months thereafter until the
close of the season.
9.6.3. All other lifeguards should participate in a minimum of four organised in-service training sessions per year to ensure currency and ongoing development of necessary skills and competencies.
9.6.4. Where possible, training sessions should be held at, or relate directly to, the aquatic facility in which the lifeguard is employed.
9.6.5. An exception to this may be in relation to the theoretical or general practical activities e.g. oxygen equipment or resuscitation training.
9.6.6. Lifeguard in-service training should cover any of the knowledge and skills contained within a Lifeguard Reaccreditation but also include:
– Changes and Updates to local Operations Manuals
– Emergency Planning and Incident Management actions (i.e. Emergency Evacuation Drill)
GSPO 9.7. Pool Lifeguard Reaccreditation
9.7.1. Pool Lifeguards are required to be assessed every 12 months to demonstrate currency of their knowledge and skills.
9.7.2. Assessments should be conducted by an Assessor who is either employed by an RTO or acting under the registration of an RTO.
9.7.3. An Assessor is a person who satisfies the requirements for assessors as outlined in the Standards for RTO’s 2015- Clause 1.13 to 1.16 or current equivalent standards.
9.7.4. Assessment of a Pool Lifeguard should ensure the Lifeguard has current competence in the following knowledge and skills:
a) changes to current industry practices
b) Supervision of patrons in aquatic facilities
c) Performing two rescues in deep water
d) Performing spinal immobilisation, stabilisation and removal of a suspected spinal injury casualty while working as a team
e) Performing 2 person resuscitation on both an adult and child
f) Completing documentation
Who should apply?
Dedicated and responsible Pool Lifeguards are always in high demand all year across the aquatic industry and competitive rates of pay are available. Those with the passion for safety and helping other should consider becoming a Pool Lifeguard.
Entry requirements: Recommended minimum age for entry to the LSV Pool Lifeguard course is 16 years.
Course prerequisites: Candidates must hold a current HLTAID003 Provide First Aid prior to course commencement.
Supervision in an Aquatic Facility is a minimum of 1 person over the age of 18 (Lifeguards may be younger however must be supervised by a person over 18, see GSPO SV2.3.2 for more information)
Health and fitness: Candidates are to have a reasonable level of health and fitness.
Enrolment information: Access the LSV website, find a course and follow the enrolment instructions (https://www.lsv.com.au/training).
LSV is the peak for water safety and the premium provider of Pool Lifeguard courses in Victoria.
– Deliver Nationally recognised qualification
– Access to industry resources
– Flexible blended course delivery options
– Formal affiliation with the peak body for water safety in Victoria
– Pathway to becoming a Service Member
– Support a great organisation and an even better cause