Pool Lifeguard




Full Course: Practical assessment across 2 days
Reaccreditation: Assessment only practical session of 4 hours

Entry Requirements

Full Course: Students must hold a current HLTAID011 Provide First Aid statement of attainment.
Reaccreditation: Students must hold the SISSS00129 or SISSS00133 skill set issued by a nationally recognised RTO.


Online learning modules and face to face practical assessment


This is a nationally recognised qualification



Through the course you will be able to gain and practice your skills to the level required by industry. Professional lifeguards prevent people from drowning by proactively supervising swimmers and those partaking in water activities.

The course is designed to meet the expectations of the industry by following the requirements of the guidelines for safe pool operations (GSPO’s) and the requirements set out in the training package.

Course Currency Status: Current

Course description: 
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to supervise the safety of patrons in aquatic venues and manage water-based rescues and casualties.

Upon successful completion of this course students will attain the following units of competency:

    • HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid (Credit Transfer)
    • SISCAQU019 – Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations
    • SISCAQU020 – Perform water rescues
    • SISCAQU021 – Perform complex water rescues
    • SISCAQU022 – Provide oxygen resuscitation and therapy in an aquatic environment

The Statement of Attainment issued will be valid until one or more units of the course become superseded and deemed not equivalent. However active pool lifeguards are required to complete a refresher course every 12 months as part of industry requirements.

Skills that lifeguards will gain in the SISSS00133 Pool Lifeguard Skill Set include:

    • Anticipating how and where incidents will occur;
    • Recognising incidents;
    • Effectively managing incidents;
    • Thinking critically about possible complications;
    • Acting in a professional manner; and
    • Protecting the safety of one-self and others.

The lifeguard will be able to react and execute effective rescues without stopping to think about how to perform various parts of a skill. Lifeguards will learn skills that are safe, practical and effective.

Skills that will be gained throughout the course and physical evaluation:

    • Retrieve an object from the deepest part of the pool
    • Rescue | responsive guest in distress
    • Rescue | unresponsive guest in distress
    • Deep water rescue | unresponsive guest in distress
    • Rapid extrication | unresponsive guest in distress
    • Spinal management techniques

This course requires a reasonable level of physical fitness and competent swimming ability. Students must have the ability to perform tasks involving lifting and moving of pool lifeguard equipment, as well as being able to handle the weight of other people during rescues.

Industry guidelines recommend that students be either 16 and above or turning 16 in the year they enroll. 

Students are also required to hold a current HLTAID011 Provide First Aid  Statement of Attainment before commencing the Pool Lifeguard course.

Upon enrolment students will also be required to complete a Pre-training Review. On completion of the Pre-Training Review, Southern Education will determine if the course is suitable for the student and whether it addresses their learning needs.

Existing skills or knowledge that students are required to have are: 

    • Reading and writing – students must be able to read, comprehend and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts. 
    • Oral communication –  students must be able to use and respond to spoken language including some unfamiliar material within a variety of contexts. 
    • Numeracy and mathematics – students must be able to recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbolism of formal mathematics.

A blended delivery mode is employed that involves:  

    • Face to face training both in a classroom and aquatic environment.
    • Online self-paced training.
    • Simulated work environment that will take place in an aquatic training facility.

Students will be supported outside of face-to-face classes through email, phone, SMS and any other methods of communication to ensure the student journey is as positive as possible.   

Face to face training will consist of groups of up to a maximum of 16 students.  

Online learning material for the course will be provided to the student. Students will read relevant sections of the online learning material and complete multiple choice assessment questions prior to delivery in preparation for the training.

Students are encouraged to contact Southern Education for support/ assistance at any time to gain extra support. 

The following techniques are employed during face to face delivery depending on the subject matter:  

    • Trainer presentations and demonstrations
    • Videos
    • Individual tasks
    • Case studies
    • Research
    • Role plays
    • Practical demonstrations

Full Course

The duration for this course is a minimum of 20 hours;

Online learning: minimum 5 hours

Practical Assessment: 15 hours

The online course may take less or more time as it is self-paced learning, however it must be completed before the practical assessment.

The face to face assessment sessions will be 2 days length.

Reaccreditation assessment only class

The online modules will take up to 2 hours to complete based on your previous experiences and this is non accredited training. Students will receive a CPR updated accredited qualification and all other parts of this course are non-accredited.

The face to face assessment session will be 4 hours in length.

Assessment methods include a combination of written tests and practical activities as outlined in below:

    • Observation/Practical Skills – A range of observation techniques have been included in the assessment tools to help identify the students’ ability to demonstrate their competence against the performance criteria and assessment conditions. The assessor utilises the Observation Checklist to identify observable skills either during a practical assessment or the student demonstrates the skills on the job. 
    • Oral Questioning – The student will be assessed using Oral Questioning based on their understanding of the competency being assessed. This can be undertaken during an observation/demonstration or through an interview method, where students discuss their competence with the Assessor.  
    • Written – A written assessment tool is provided to the student to gather evidence using a range of methods, these could include short answer questions, long answer questions, scenario-based questions, or multiple choice. 
    • Simulated – This method allows the student to demonstrate their skill and attitude in their current work environment or a mirrored simulated environment. The evidence gathered from this approach is to assist the assessor by observing their conceptual, interpersonal and technical ability.

Location will be dependent on the course that you select.

Full Course

The course cost for the Full Pool Lifeguard course is from $150.

Reaccreditation Course

The course cost for the Pool Lifeguard Reaccreditation course is $50.