New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics (Pool Lifeguard) (Level 3)

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PoolLifeguard L3

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for people who are working as pool lifeguards.

Those who work as pool lifeguards are observant, patient, and  good with people. Their skill-set means they have the confidence to act in a quick, responsible and calm manner.

This qualification incorporates the Pool Lifeguard Skills Award (PLSA) and Pool Lifeguard Practising Certificate (PLPC). It will be delivered and assessed on-the-job at the pool, and some assessments will also be completed online.

To train as a pool lifeguard in New Zealand, you must be at least 16 years old on the day you begin training.

What's involved?

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This 40-credit qualification covers the following areas:

Aquatic supervision techniques

Aquatic rescue techniques

Supervising customers

Identifying and managing hazards and risks

Leading emergency responses.

This qualification is designed to be completed in 8 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30123 Recognise and respond to simulated emergencies and apply rescue techniques as a pool lifeguard in an aquatic facility L3 10 credits
Unit standard 29848 Demonstrate knowledge of safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30124 Supervise customers and maintain safety as a pool lifeguard in an aquatic facility L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30122 Operate professionally and promote safe, enjoyable experiences in an aquatic facility L3 15 credits
Unit standard 29849 Demonstrate knowledge of professional practice in a recreation workplace L3 5 credits

For more information on the content of the qualification, visit the NZQA website, here.

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 trainees will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.

Check out our fees list and financial help options.

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 enjoy a career as a qualified pool lifeguard? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?

To find out more, or to sign up to this qualification, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.

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

If you want to become a pool lifeguard, 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.

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Contact your regional advisor or

P   0508 4 SKILLS (0508 475 4557)