Rookie Lifeguard Programme

Course Overview

The Rookie Lifeguard Programme has been designed to help junior surf members prepare to be a Surf Lifeguard. The Rookie Lifeguard Programme aims to promote "practical lifeguarding" to the younger members and develop strong ties between senior and junior members as a result of involvement.

The target audience for this programme is 13 year old junior surf members wishing to become a Surf Lifeguards next season.

Course Information 

Pre requistes

Be 13 years of age by the 1st October
Be able to swim 200 meters in a pool in under 4:30mins
Current member of a SLS club


Variable depending on competence and instruction structure 2-8 weeks

Delivered by

Club Rookie Lifeguard coordinators

Who should complete it

Anyone interested in becoming a Surf Lifeguard in years to come

Candidate requirements

Participate in four patrols (no less than 12 hours in total)
Complete all Rookie Surf Lifeguard Log Book Modules

Topics covered

1. Health, sun smart &

2.  Surf & swimming skills

3. Role of a surf lifeguard and


4. Signals, flags & radio

5. Rescue, releases & tube

 6. First aid & emergency care

7. Primary survey & CPR

8. Practical surf skills

9. Patrol equipment & clubhouse

 10. Surf Life Saving Club structure and culture


At the completion of the qualification candidates will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of a Surf Lifeguard
  2. Demonstrate a range of Surf Lifeguard skills

Online Resources

Rookie Lifeguard Workbook (pdf, 406kb)
Club Rookie Coordinatiors Manual (pdf, 360kb)