The Australian Lifeguard Service South Australia employs lifeguards every year in roles from entry-level lifeguard through to lifeguard supervisor.

Becoming a lifeguard is a challenging but exciting time and in this section we have made it easy for you to understand what is required to become a lifeguard in Australia’s leading lifeguard service.

Congratulations on choosing lifeguarding as a career, good luck on your hunt for the job of your dreams!



To be part of our industry leading world-class organisation, our lifeguards must be 18 years or over and demonstrate high levels of fitness, excellent rescue and people skills, and must hold the following qualifications and be proficient in:

  • Surf Life Saving Australia Bronze Medallion
  • HLTAID011/HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques [AID] award or HLTAID015 Provide Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and Oxygen Therapy.
  • Current Drivers Licence (including Provisional)


The following are desirable (proficient):

  • Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue award.
  • Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crew and / or Silver Medallion Driver award
  • Rescue Water Craft operator award



The fitness assessment involves a 400m swim (completed in a pool no smaller than 25 metres in length) in 8 minutes or under*

*This fitness component is covered in the Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue skills maintenance.