To work as a pool lifeguard in New Zealand, the Pool Lifeguard Practising Certificate (PLPC) is the minimum award you need to hold.
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 way.
As an up and coming lifeguard, training will be delivered and assessed on-the-job at the pool.
The next step after completing this, is the New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics – Pool Lifeguard (Level 3), because PLPC is part of this qualification.
To train as a pool lifeguard in New Zealand, you must be at least 16 years old on the day you begin training.
You will be required to complete a swim test
You must hold a current First Aid certificate (unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402)
Understanding the roles and responsibilities of pool lifeguards
Understanding aquatic supervision techniques
Demonstrating aquatic rescue techniques for casualties in a range of scenarios.
Completing a facility induction
Completing a written health and safety assessment
Completing the Pool Lifeguard Logbook, which covers:
Recording at least 20 hours of poolside supervision
Completing facility inspections
Dealing with hazards and risks in an aquatic facility
Supervising pool areas and aquatic activities/events
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 | Level 3 | 10 credits
Unit standard 30124| Supervise customers and maintain safety as a pool lifeguard in an aquatic facility | Level 3 | 5 credits
Unit standard 29848 | Demonstrate knowledge of safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace | Level 3 | 5 credits
For more information on the content of the NZC Pool Lifeguard qualification, visit the NZQA website, here.
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 whether they choose enrol for the Pool Lifeguard Skills Award, PLPC, or the New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics (Pool Lifeguard).
To check out our fees list, click here.
For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch.
Keen to kickstart your career in the aquatics industry? 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.