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RLSS Lifeguarding Courses

So you want to be a lifeguard?

We think there are loads of great reasons why you’d want to become a lifeguard and we guess you must think it’s a pretty good idea too!

Reasons why we think you’d love it…

  • First and foremost you are providing an amazing public service. You will without a doubt make people feel confident, happier and safer just by being on the poolside and you could potentially save a life.
  • Being a lifeguard offers a fantastic foundation to a career in the leisure industry. Many senior managers began their rise to leisure stardom by lifeguarding at their local pools.
  • The opportunity to get fit. Not only will you have to have a basic level of fitness to become a lifeguard but you will be encouraged to stay fit and get fitter.
  • You get to work with a team of young like minded people, so there’s plenty of opportunity to increase your social circle!   
  • If you’re a competitive type there is plenty of opportunity to show off your lifeguarding talents in events like the National Pool Lifeguard Championships (team event) and the Lifeguard Triathlon.
  • Lastly, but still very importantly, you will gain a life skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life.


Pre-requisite and Competency Test for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the NPLQ must:

  • be 16 years of age;
  • be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:

    - jump / dive into deep water;
    - swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds;
    - swim 100 metres continuously on front and back  in deep water;
    - tread water for 30 second;
    - surface dive to the floor of the pool;
    - climb out unaided without ladder / steps and  where the pool design permits.

If you are competent at all the above elements then contact a site and put your name on the waiting list for a course leading towards the NPLQ.