This may appear to be a ‘dream job’, spending your working hours on some of the world‘s most beautiful beaches, but there’s more to being an ALS NSW lifeguard. You must hold and maintain the valid qualifications, pass regular fitness and competency tests and be willing and able to take on the responsibility of keeping hundreds and perhaps thousands of beachgoers safe.

Where possible, lifeguards are recruited through the volunteer base Surf Life Saving provides, ensuring in most cases, selected employees have extensive experience in aquatic public safety and local knowledge. We continue to build strong relationships and partnerships with volunteer surf clubs across NSW and this in turn delivers a better community service outcome to local Government authorities and land managers.

The ALS NSW provides a variety of employment opportunities for prospective lifeguards including full time, seasonal and casual employment. Our lifeguards must uphold the values of the ALS and always deliver a professional, helpful and courteous service to the public.




To be part of our industry leading world-class organisation, our lifeguards must be 17 years or over and demonstrate high levels of fitness, excellent rescue and people skills, and hold the following qualifications:

  • Surf Life Saving Australia Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID015 – Provide Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
  • Silver Medallion Beach Management (Lifeguards) – (including components PUATAE002B, PUAOPE027A, BSBFLM312C)
  • Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue
  • Current Motor Car Drivers Licence






All lifeguards must pass the following fitness component

  • A minimum 400m swim, 800m run, 400m rescue board paddle and 800m run in the surf in under 25 minutes
  • 800 metre pool swim continuously (in a pool no less than 25 metres in length) in under 14 minutes
  • Rescue scenarios utilising a Rescue Board and Rescue Tube






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Far South Coast Lifeguard Induction Dates:

  • Eurobodalla Friday 15th December
  • Bega Monday 18th December
  • Shoalhaven Tuesday 19th December






The ALS look forward to your application, please ensure all questions are completed correctly.


Before you apply, you will need to have the following information at hand:

  • Personal and emergency details
  • Uniform size
  • Drivers’ licence
  • Copies of your qualifications or SurfGuard award report – if you are unsure visit the SLSA Member Area here.
  • Awards and Qualifications Chart – If you need to know the awards criteria download the Awards and Qualifications Chart.
  • If you are missing a pre requisite award eg: HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid and HLTAID015 – Provide Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, please visit the  ALA Courses in your region. Other awards please visit the Contact Us page where you will find the ALS Supervisor for your desired region, to assist you.

To apply you will need to register with our online application and induction process using your name and email.

  1. Complete the 2023/24 online induction
  2. Complete the personal details section
  3. Attach all other relevant documentation (Under 18 Parental Consent Form, Working Visa etc.), if applicable
  4. Attach all qualifications and/or SurfGuard report

When completing your application, please ensure you have answered all 45 questions in the induction course before you press submit. 

Once you have submitted your application and the Induction course is completed, you will receive a confirmation email from the ALS Recruitment Team.

To apply go to ‘Apply Now’ at the bottom of this page.  We look forward to your application!

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