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.

We require copies of all your certificates with the units of competency, so we can ascertain which awards are the same or equivalent to our compulsory requisites.

For more information, please contact: Steve Allan

Throughout the year, ALS hold several Lifeguard Schools, please contact:

If you are unable to undertake training at a Surf Life Saving Club, some qualifications may be obtained with the Australian Lifesaving Academy or Australian Lifeguard Service.

For more information, visit ALA Courses or visit the 2021/22 Training Calendar for courses in your region.

Our induction process for all lifeguards is now conducted online as part of your application. Annual inductions will include: terms of employment, skills & development, safety policies & procedures, emergency communication procedures, etc.

On the testing day, we recommend you bring with you the following:

  • running shoes
  • goggles
  • swimmers
  • wet suit
  • rash shirt
  • towel
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle

Due to COVID conditions please contact the assigned Supervisor regarding revised testing dates.


As most advertised positions are casual we cannot guarantee set hours. We have limited 7-month & 12-month seasonal positions available in:

  • Tweed
  • Byron
  • Ballina
  • Port Macquarie
  • Port Stephens
  • Northern Beaches

Whilst the course names are similar, the course content is quite different. For more information on how to become a beach lifeguard, please click here. Only interested in pool work? Please contact Royal Life Saving on [email protected].

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 through to April