Pool lifeguards deep-dive into the latest skills

August 9, 2017

New Zealand’s aquatics industry has a brand new lifeguard qualification, to ensure our highly skilled pool lifeguards head into summer equipped with the latest knowledge and training.

Skills Active Aotearoa, the industry training organisation for aquatics, launched the new NZ Certificate in Aquatics (Pool Lifeguard) Level 3 at the annual Just Add Water conference in Christchurch today.

Skills Active chief executive Grant Davidson says the new Pool Lifeguard training and assessment materials have been developed with aquatics peak body the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA), and they draw on broad consultation with those working in the industry.

“Lifeguards wanted more detailed photos, clearer questions, and more stringent assessment settings, to ensure their skills were fully tested,” Dr Davidson says.

“The new training manual has a great deal more photos, including detailed underwater shots. There are more examples, explanations of new terms and topics, and information about recent changes to knowledge and practice – including updated guidance from the New Zealand Resuscitation Council.

“The qualification also includes a shorter written assessment, which is now closed book,” he says.

NZRA aquatics project manager Tracey Prince says the Association is happy to see the Pool Lifeguard programme completed and ready for the upcoming influx of new lifeguards who are training for the summer season.

“We appreciate the time and effort that many of our members have contributed to the review and redevelopment of this qualification, and would like to acknowledge the outstanding team at Skills Active for the work they have done on this key qualification for the aquatics industry,” Prince says.


Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren
0220 371 012

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation (ITO) for sport, recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation and the performing arts. We promote sport and recreation careers and workforce development, create world-class, nationally-recognised qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.