Supporting the Fitness, Sport and Recreation Industry in Queensland


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Pool Lifeguards look after the safety of people at beaches and swimming pools, through accident prevention and rescue, and educating the public on water safety.  

Key Responsibilities

Promotes water safety awareness and undertakes rescue of people in difficulty in the water.



Education, Training and Skills Pathways

  • You usually need a certificate II or III in public safety (aquatic rescue), a royal life saving pool lifeguard certificate or a surf life saving bronze medallion to work as a Lifeguard.

Other requirements

  • First Aid
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Current Motor Car Drivers Licence (Provisional or higher)
  • Queensland Marine licence and a Queensland PWC licence (Ocean Lifeguard)
  • Hold or be able to obtain a Queensland Working with Children Bluecard
  • Fitness levels:
    • Ocean Lifeguard
      • At all times be capable of completing an 800 metre pool swim (completed in a pool no smaller than 25 metres in length) in under 14 minutes.
      • A lifeguard must complete a mission in less than 23 minutes on an ocean course which involves:
      • a 600m swim,
      • 800m run,
      • 600m rescue board paddle and
      • a second 800m run.

Ocean lifeguards must also complete:

  • a 100m rescue tube rescue of a patient 100m out to sea and return and
  • a 200m board rescue of a patient out at sea and return.
  • Lagoon Lifeguard
    • At all times be capable of completing an 400 metre pool swim (completed in a pool no smaller than 25 metres in length) in under 8 minutes.

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Assistance and Support for Organisations and Clubs

We aim to make it easier to run local fitness, sport and recreation organisations and clubs. Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance provides free one-on-one advice on how to apply for and win grants, free access to club management templates and tools, fact sheets, videos, legal information, advice on staffing and volunteer matters and subsidised Strategic and Business Planning audits and workshops.

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