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To become a lifeguard with the Australian Lifeguard Service requires a specific set of qualifications as set out in the ALS Qualifications Framework and a minimum level of fitness, skills and knowledge as required by the Lifeguard Assessment. There are a number of ways to achieve these requirements as set out below:
Most of the qualifications required are recognised through the Public Safety training package which is part of the Australian Qualifications Framework, the balance is made up of lifesaving industry awards/certificates.
Qualifications can be gained through a number of internal or external providers. However, some of the qualifications you will find are only delivered through internal providers at this stage.
Gaining qualifications through internal providers may require membership of a club and other associated membership requirements.
Surf Life Saving Clubs (Volunteer ) - Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue), Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Spinal Management Certificate, IRB Driver, ATV Operator
Surf Life Saving Branches/States (Volunteer) - Senior First Aid Certificate, Basic Beach Management, RWC Operator
These are commercial providers (public) which do not require membership of a surf club.
Australian Lifesaving Academy* - Senior First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
*Qualifications delivered commercially may differ by state, check with the ALA in your state for more information.
Australian Lifeguard Service
In each state the ALS delivers Lifeguard Training courses when necessary to allow lifeguards wishing to work in the upcoming season to gain the qualifications they require. These vary by state. For more information on state training see the state operations section of this website, or contact the state office.
Lifeguards will need to ensure they have the correct qualifications, and that they are current, before applying for a job with the ALS, and will need to keep them current throughout employment.
Fitness, Skills and Knowledge
Ensuring you are at the right level of fitness and have the necessary skills and knowledge is very important. There are many ways to go about ensuring you are at the right level and it will normally come down to a personal choice. Whether you choose to train by yourself, get expert coaching or join a surf club training squad it is up to you.