FAQ Page

Head to our ‘Become a Lifeguard’ section to view the application process.

ALS NSW does not participate in exchange programs.  If you require a visa to work overseas you need to contact the Australian Embassy direct.

Yes, we hold two Lifeguard Schools at Lennox Head on the Far North Coast – Wednesday 14 November to Friday 16 November and at Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast – Wednesday 21 November to Friday 23 November.

If you are unable to undertake training at a Surf Life Saving Club then some qualifications may be obtained with the Australian Lifesaving Academy. Visit www.surflifesaving.com.au/courses or call the public training hotline on 1300 766 257.

Induction training is conducted at the annual testing day. Annual inductions will include:  roles and responsibilities, safety in the workplace, beach management, personal development etc.

Running shoes, goggles, swimmers, wet suit, documents you have been asked to bring.


ALS annual testing dates will be advertised on our website and emailed to all applicants.

As the majority of positions are casual we cannot guarantee set hours.
We have limited 7-month seasonal part-time positions available in: Pittwater, Port Macquarie & Port Stephens.

The Pool Bronze Medallion is run by Royal Life Saving and is a two day course (14 contact hours) whereas the Surf Life Saving Bronze Medallion is run over a 6 week period and amounts to at least 40 contact hours.

Whilst the names are similar the course content is quite different, you will require a Surf Life Saving Bronze Medallion unless you are applying for a pool position.

Pay rates are determined on roles, responsibilities and experience.  You will be assigned a pay rate based on those factors.

Yes, this can be very beneficial and also a great way to gain more experience.

Once we have confirmation of your awards and you have passed the testing you will be notified of your Supervisor’s details.

This varies across areas but generally September – April