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Turn your passion for the beach and assisting the community into paid employment as a professional lifeguard.

To maintain supervision and safety of a designated lifesaving patrol area within a designated bathing reserve, provide advice on safety to visitors and to perform rescues, first aid and resuscitation as required.


Applicants must be a minimum of:

  • 17 years of age to become a lifeguard at lagoons and Wide Bay Capricorn beaches
  • 18 years of age to become a lifeguard at all other locations.

Lifeguards must also hold the following nationally accredited certificates:

  • current, proficient Bronze Medallion (Certificate II in Public Safety)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Advanced Resuscitation Certificate or Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
  • Spinal Management (desired)
  • Blue Card (or ability to obtain).

The Lifeguard fitness test applies to all lifeguards and you must be capable of completing the following at all times:

  • Fitness – Beach mission: 600m ocean swim, 800m run, 600m board paddle, 800m run in 28mins
  • Swim: 800m pool swim in under 14 minutes (minimum pool length is 25 metres)
  • Patient recovery: 100m tube rescue of a patient out to sea and return (optional flippers) and 200m board rescue of a patient out to sea and return.

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Other Ways To Get Involved


If you’re thinking of introducing your child to lifesaving, then Junior Activities (Nippers) is for you.


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