Career Guides

Pool/Recreational Lifeguards

Lifeguards look after the safety of people where aquatic activities are taking place. Their main job is to prevent accidents from happening in aquatic areas and to rescue those who need help.

Where you Might Work

Key Responsibilities

Being a lifeguard is a very rewarding job due to the responsibilities you must undergo every day. These responsibilities could include: 

The Attributes and Skills You Will Need

Lifeguards must hold themselves to a high standard, so they are always ready for the worst scenario. The skills or attributes good lifeguards display include: 

Salary: average $63,660

Market Insights

4,400 employed.

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Full-time share of 17%.

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Female share of 38%.

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Average age of 21

Market Insights

Retrieved from: Labour Market Insights

Salary: the average full-time salary for a pool lifeguard is $63,660, according to


Please note every lifeguard is REQUIRED to have a First Aid and CPR Certificate.

CoursePotential Career OutcomesFurther QualificationsCourse Duration and number of elements/units
SISSS00133 – Pool LifeguardAllows students to work as a lifeguard in public and private swimming pools


Training must be updated every 12 months.

Covers 5 units of competency recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework
Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) and Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue) (PUA30322)VET courses that will equip jobseekers with the tools necessary to become introductory-level lifeguards.n/a

Cert II: 8 units of competency recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework

Cert III: 11 units of competency recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework

Bronze Medallion Course

(HLTAID009 and SISCAQU020)

The minimum standard for a qualified lifeguard.



Course Length: 11 hours

Contains 2 units of competency recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework


Note: This career guide does not promote careers or courses in beach lifeguarding.

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