Looks after the safety of people at beaches or swimming pools through accident prevention and rescue, and educating the public on water safety. This occupation requires high levels of physical fitness, sporting ability and personal commitment as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time 15 weeks - 12 months
Average pay $29,130
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 2,600

What does a Lifeguard do?

  • maintaining a high degree of expertise in a particular sport
  • attending regular practice sessions and undertaking private training to maintain the required standard of fitness
  • deciding on strategies in consultation with coaches
  • assessing other competitors and conditions at venues
  • competing in sporting events
  • adhering to the rules and regulations associated with a specific sport
  • promoting water safety awareness and undertaking rescue of persons in difficulty in the water

Related courses

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Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation
Assist Participants with a Disability During Aquatic Activities
Instruct Water Familiarisation, Buoyancy and Mobility Skills
Perform Basic Water Rescues
Promote Development of Infants and Toddlers in an Aquatic Environment
Respond to Emergency Situations