APPRENTICESHIP: New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics – Senior Pool Lifeguard (Level 4) 

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Apprenticeship Senior PoolLifeguard L4

Who is this apprenticeship for?  

This apprenticeship suits lifeguards who want advanced knowledge and experience in leading lifeguard shifts and teams in aquatic facility environments.    

Lifeguards are observant, patient, and  great with people. They have the skills and confidence to act in a quick, responsible and calm manner.  A senior lifeguard has all of these characteristics, along with strong leadership and communication skills. 

This apprenticeship will be delivered on-the-job at the pool, and assessments will be completed online.

Coming out of this qualification, a senior pool lifeguard will have in-depth lifeguarding skills, and be armed with the knowledge required to supervise, coordinate and educate pool staff.   

What's involved?

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This 120-credit apprenticeship covers the following areas:

Coordinating pool lifeguard plans and adapting shifts 

Applying advanced lifeguarding skills and aquatic supervision and rescue techniques 

Supervising health and safety procedures, risk assessment plans and pool water quality checks 

Responding to customer needs in an aquatic facility.  

This qualification is designed to be completed in 2 years.  

What are the costs?

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On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for apprentices will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

To check out our fees list, click here.

Skills Active apprenticeships are zero-fees until the end of 2022, under the government's Targeted Training Fund.

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch.

Where to from here?

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Keen to lead the way as a senior pool lifeguard? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.  

Remember, to do this qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or paid employee in the aquatics industry.  

If you are interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact your local pool or a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.

Want to see where this
qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other aquatics qualifications

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