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 (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







The ALS are always striving to improve our processes and services. We have therefore made changes to our application process, not only will it be easier and more streamlined this season but also in the future.

All lifeguard applicants will have to complete an application as it is the first year on the new system.


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

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

  1. Complete the 2022/23 online induction
  2. Complete the personal details section
  3. Complete all financial details
  4. Attach all other relevant documentation (Under 18 Parental Consent Form, Working Visa etc.), if applicable
  5. Attach all qualifications and/or SurfGuard report
  6. Complete and sign the online Acknowledgement Statutory Declarations

Once your application and induction course has been submitted, and approved by the recruitment team, you will receive a confirmation email.

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

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