The Australian Lifeguard Service NT is built on the resources of its people, both full-time and casual staff who work hand-in-hand with the extensive voluntary network that has effectively patrolled the NT for many years.

The Australian Lifeguard Services NT has access to extensive resources and a national infrastructure that includes communications networks, specialist rescue services and the provision of nationally accredited training, along with international experts in medicine, equipment and coastal management.

Darwin Waterfront Precinct

Lifeguards are on duty at the Recreation Lagoon from 9am - 6pm, 365 days a year and at the Wave Lagoon from 10am - 6pm, 364 days a year. Due to the beautiful warm weather associated with the top end this recreational facility is well used all year round from locals and tourists.

Visit for more information on the facilities at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct.

Mindil Beach 

Mindil Beach, home of the famous Mindil Beach Markets, is patrolled by lifeguards from 2.00-6.00pm Monday to Saturday during the dry season (June- September).

Sunday patrol's are provided by volunteer lifesavers from the Mindil Beach Surf Life Saving Club patrols from 2.00-6.00pm, from June to September. 

Leanyer Recreation Park

Lifeguards are on duty from 9am - 6pm, 6 days a week (closed Monday for maintenance).

This FREE ENTRY park features three water slides 14m tall and over 100m long as well as a basketball court, skate park, swimming and wet play areas and a playground.

Palmerston Water Park

Lifeguards are on duty from 9am - 6pm, 6 days a week (closed Tuesday for maintenance).

This FREE ENTRY park features a 14m high, 100m long six lane racer slides as well as wet play area and skate park.

How do I become a Lifeguard?

Because Lifeguards work in small groups or alone, a high level of fitness and qualification is required.

Essential minimum qualifications:

  • SLSA Bronze Medallion & Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Advanced Resuscitation Certificate
  • Pool Lifeguard Certificate
  • Spinal Management Certificate

Physical Tests

  • Pool Swim - Swim 800 metres in less than 14 minutes.
  • Open Water Lifeguard Mission: Continuously Swim 400 metres - Run 800 m - Board Paddle 400 m - Run 800 m in less than 25 minutes.

For more detailed information check out the ALS website.