Discover more about our specialised lifeguard training courses tailored to suit your ability. We have experienced instructors available who will guide you through the course on the way to becoming a qualified lifeguard.


JLA – Junior Lifeguard Award

To qualify for a JLA, you must be at least 14 years old, but not older than 16 years of age. The following is a list of the requirements for you to be awarded a JLA.

– 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes

– 200m Run / 200m Surf Swim / 200m Run in under 10 minutes

– Basic Emergency Care – Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the heart and lungs

– Recognition of potential victims, danger and surf awareness – Maintenance of basic rescue equipment

– Duties of a lifeguard

– Signals

– Spinal management awareness in the water

– 1-Man CPR, recovery position and vomit drill

– Use of a Throw-line

– Torpedo buoy rescue without resuscitation


LA – Lifeguard Award

To qualify for a LA, you must be at least 16 years old. The following is a list of the requirements  over and above the JLA requirements for you to be awarded a LA.

– 400m pool swim in under 8 minutes

– Emergency Care – Level 2 First aid, Rescue Breathing, 1 and 2-man CPR, child and infant CPR protocols, recovery position and vomit drill, jaw thrust manoevure

– Signals including helicopter signals

– Spinal Injury management

– Rescue releases – Drowning clutch, push-up and wrist grip releases, front and back strangle holds

– Box Line swim (maximum distance 100m) – Torpedo buoy rescue and deep water resuscitation using fins including placement on dry land

– 1 man drag & 2-man carry

– Malibu / Craft rescue


QC – Qualifying Certificate

To qualify to be a QC, you must be at least 16 years old.   The requirements include everything as per the LA, EXCEPT all water practical work.


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