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Lifeguard qualifications

Lifeguard qualification framework

The ALS lifeguard qualifications framework outlines the requirements for lifeguards as employees of the Australian Lifeguard Service. The framework is based on attaining specific units of competency from the Public Safety training package which is part of the Australian Qualifications Framework as well as lifesaving industry awards/certificates. The units of competency required are grouped together into awards and certificates also, which make it easy for potential employees to attain the units through industry training providers, i.e. the Australian Lifesaving Academy.

Pool/Lagoon Lifeguard

The Australian Lifeguard Service provides lifeguard services to a number of pools and lagoons around Australia. The qualification requirements for lifeguards who only work in these environments slightly differs from those in the ocean environment. The ALS requires all lifeguards working within a pool and lagoon environment to have as a minimum, the Pool Lifeguard Award and a Apply First Aid certificate (or similar).

POOL/LAGOON LIFEGUARD AWARD*

Unit of competency

SISCAQU202A Perform basic water rescues

SISCAQU306A Supervise clients at an aquatic facility or environment

SISCAQU307A Perform advanced water rescues

*In some cases a Cert II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) maybe supplemented with additional pool lifeguard training to reach this level.

APPLY FIRST AID

SLSA Award

Apply (Senior) First Aid

Unit of competency

HLTFA301B Apply first aid

 ADVANCED RESUSCITATION TECHNIQUES

SLSA Award

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate

Unit of competency

HLTFA404A Apply advanced resuscitation techniques

PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation

PUAOPE010C Operate an automated externaldefibrillator in an emergency situation

Ocean Lifeguard

The Ocean Lifeguard qualification includes units of competency that significantly enhance the skills and knowledge and ultimately the effectiveness of the lifeguard. This allows the lifeguard to be able to respond to a broad range of incidents in the challenging and dynamic ocean environment. Many of these units make up the PUA21010 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search & Rescue) which can be completed through achieving the Advanced Ocean Lifeguard level.

PUA21010 CERTIFICATE II IN PUBLIC SAFETY (AQUATIC RESCUE)

SLSA Award

Bronze Medallion

Unit of competency

PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

PUAOPE013A Operate communications systems and equipment

PUASAR013A Participate in an aquatic rescue operation

HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support

PUATEA001B Work in a team

PUATEA004D Work effectively in a public safety organisation

PUAOHS001C Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures

PUASAR012B Apply surf awareness and self rescue skills

HLTCPR201A Perform CPR

APPLYFIRST AID

SLSA Award

Apply (Senior) First Aid

Unit of competency

HLTFA301B Apply first aid

ADVANCED RESUSCITATION TECHNIQUES

Unit of competency

HLTFA404A Apply advanced resuscitation techniques

PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation

PUAOPE010C Operate an automated external defibrillator in an emergency situation

BASIC BEACH MANAGEMENT

SLSA Award

Introduction to Basic Beach Management

SPINAL MANAGEMENT

SLSA Award

Spinal Management Certificate

Unit of Competency

 PUAEME004A Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury

Rescue Craft Awards

Some lifeguard environments are boosted by the operation of specialist rescue craft, i.e. IRB’s, RWC’s and ATV’s. To operate these rescue craft requires the attainment of specific awards through specialist training. Lifeguards are only required to hold these awards in locations where they are used operationally.

IRB DRIVER

SLSA Award

Silver Medallion IRB Driver

Unit of competency

PUASAR014A Operate and maintain a small powercraft and motor for rescue operations

PUAEQU001B Prepare, maintain and test response equipment

RWC DRIVER

SLSA Award

Rescue Water Craft Operator Certificate

Unit of competency

PUASAR016A Operate and maintain a personal watercraft for rescue operations

PUAEQU001B Prepare, maintain and test response equipment

ATV OPERATOR

SLSA Award

ATV Operator Certificate

Unitof competency

PUAVEH001B Drive vehicle under operational conditions

Lifeguard Assessments

The role of a lifeguard is challenging and the aquatic environments lifeguards are required to work in can differ dramatically from day to day, location to location. To recognise this, the Australian Lifeguard Service has specific fitness and skills assessments based on the requirements for each role and environment. These assessments are designed to ensure the lifeguard is physically and mentally prepared for their role, for the safety of the public and themselves.

Assessments may include, but are not limited to: fitness and skills testing, rescue demonstrations and knowledge tests. These assessments will be required as part of the recruitment process and will take place at regular times throughout employment, they may also be used to rank potential employees for the process of selection. The ALS uses assessments based on science through evidence-based research which may change at any time. For the current lifeguard assessment requirements click here.

Additional Info

Proficiencies: Many of the units of competency require lifeguards to perform annual or biennial proficiencies in order to remain current in that competency.

Prerequisites: Some units of competency may require the completion of other supporting units.

Training: Training is delivered through a number of providers. Check with your state, or at lifeguards.com.au for more information.

Gold Medallion: By achieving the qualifications that make up the Ocean Lifeguard, and completing the Lifeguard Assessment you will meet the requirements of the surf life saving Gold Medallion. If you are a member of surf life saving you can enquire about being awarded the Gold Medallion. Check with your club/state for more information.

 

For information on how to Become A Lifeguard click here.