Lifeguard | Ponder


What do they do?

Lifeguards are trained rescuers, responsible for the supervision, safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers, and other water sports participants. They work in swimming pools, water parks, spas, beaches, rivers and other aquatic locations.

Part amphibious and just love spending time in or on the water? If you have great people skills and have the mental capacity to handle a job that has a serious side but is also serious fun, lifeguard could be the job for you.


  • Supervise swimmers and recreational water-goers to prevent accidents / injury and make sure they comply with any safety regulations
  • Rescue swimmers in difficulty and provide first aid treatment /CPR if required
  • Educate the community about water safety
  • Monitor environmental conditions, place signs or barriers to warn of dangerous conditions or areas and make sure the public are aware of potential dangers
  • Caution people behaving in an unsafe manner and expel those who refuse to cooperate
  • Report incidents to management or other authorities
  • Design and implement emergency procedures
  • Undertake basic water quality control and testing procedures
  • Maintain rescue equipment
  • Care for lost children
  • Perform basic administrative duties such as writing reports.

Skills required:

  • First aid and resuscitation
  • Physically fit and strong swimmer
  • Risk management & knowledge of water safety, water and weather conditions
  • Rescue and emergency response techniques, including use and maintenance of correct equipment
  • Great people skills for positive public relations, effective communication and conflict management
  • Basic technical pool operations
  • Calm under pressure

Qualifications and Minimum Requirements (Beach lifeguard)

18 years +

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 400m swim,
  • 800m run,
  • 400m 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.


  • Surf Life Saving Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID007 – Provide Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
  • PUAEME004A – Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury (Spinal Management or equivalent)
  • Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management (including components PUATAE002B, PUAOPE027A, BSBFLM312C)
  • Current Motor Car Drivers Licence (Provisional or higher)
  • State recognised Marine licence and Personal Water Craft licence
  • Hold or be able to obtain a relevant Working with Children check

*Requirements vary between states and territories & also for lagoon lifeguards.

Average salary $27.45 per hour ( March 2019)

Job growth in this area is strong (source:

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