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Pre-Employment Lifeguard Course Info

Lifeguard Course

Two day course completing both a theory and practical element.
You must be able to:
  • Swim 200m in under 6 minutes  (any stroke).
  • Reach bottom of deepest part of the pool (2m).
  • Tread water for 5 minutes.
  • Swim two lengths of breast stroke and one of sidestroke in lifeguard uniform.
  • Show competence in lifeguard techniques taught.
  • Complete a work book.
  • Have, or obtain a first aid certificate covering units 6400, 6401 and 6402 (at your own cost).

NB: Course qualifies Pool Lifeguard Skills Award (PLSA). In order to become fully qualified with Pool Lifeguard Practicing Certificate (PLPC) minimum of 20 hrs poolside work must be completed within 18 months at a ‘Poolsafe’ facility and be signed off by a qualified assessor.

Cost of the two day course is $400, which includes all required assessment material and a PLSA certificate on completion of the course. (Price as at 1 January 2017)

About Lifeguard Courses

Lifeguarding is an amazing public service able to instill confidence and safeguard lives in, on, and near water. Having a lifeguarding qualification is an excellent skill that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Our fully comprehensive courses are implemented by qualified instructors and follow NZRRP (Skills active) syllabuses to ensure quality, care, and excellence. The skills you will gain from lifeguarding courses will benefit you for your entire life and help promote water safety and ultimately save lives.

Benefits of Lifeguard Courses

There are numerous benefits to lifeguarding; first and foremost the valuable life skills that you will learn such as first aid, CPR, and rescue techniques.  Becoming a qualified lifeguard through our courses can lead you into a role of great responsibility and often can open doors to progress in the leisure industry. You will also benefit from personal gains such as maintaining or improving on fitness levels, as you are encouraged to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle. The mental benefits for completing a lifeguarding course means that you will be able to cope well under pressure, work well within a team and gain a confidence in your ability, to name but a few!

What Should I Wear?

Specific requirements of clothing will be arranged beforehand, but as a rule you will need a swimming costume, towel and plenty of water to keep hydrated.
For further information or to organize booking of a lifeguard course please contact:

Mike Page, Baywave Venue Manager on 07 575 0276 EXT 8917 or via email

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