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

The ALS NSW is able to offer lifeguard roles to international lifeguards who hold the relevant qualifications and have obtained the correct working visa. To discuss your options, please email [email protected]

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. All International Lifeguards will have to complete online and physical assessments to meet our Australian Standards.

Throughout the year, ALS do hold Lifeguard Academy’s, 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 please visit the Contact Us page where you will find the ALS Supervisor for your desired region, to assist you.

Our induction process for all lifeguards is now conducted online as part of your application, and at the proficiency testing. 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


Testing dates for the 2024/25 are yet to be finalised.

As most advertised positions are casual we cannot guarantee set hours. We have limited 7-month seasonal positions available at the 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 at the time of your employment.

Yes, this can be very beneficial and also a great way to gain more experience. The ALS will work with you to find a suitable position in a council area of preference.

Please visit the Contact Us page to find out the relevant ALS Supervisor for your desired region.

The volunteer surf season generally runs from September through to April.

The ALS patrol season varies across each council region, with patrols running:

  • 7 months from Sept to April
  • 12 months – year round
  • School Holiday periods – NSW & QLD (where relevent)
  • Peak Summer season – Dec through to Feb.