How do I become a Lifeguard?

Each aquatic venue presents a different set of hazards, SLSNT has set minimum levels of training for a lifeguard to work at each venue. The minimum training takes into consideration the support available from other staff, the likelihood of injury and the likely severity of injury. 

Aspiring lifeguards must be

  • at least 16 years of age,
  • able to hold a valid Ochre Card,
  • vaccinated with the mandated doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, 
  • able to complete a 200m swim in under six (6) minutes,
  • willing and able to undertake all training and commit to at least six (6) months of work.

Lifeguard Training Program

In 2016, SLSNT recognised there was a shortage of qualified Lifeguards in the community, so developed a lifeguard training program to upskill jobseekers with the necessary skills and knowledge to take on this role. The Lifeguard Training Program includes the Trainee and Bronze stages of the SLSNT Pathway and takes approx. 6 weeks to complete. Trainee Lifeguards are paid for their time whilst a part of this program. 

SLSNT will advertise the lifeguard training program through our social media and website. Aspiring Lifeguards are required to apply through by submitting their most recent resume. 


SLSNT Lifeguard Training Program - Outline 

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