Senior Lifeguard Award - Patrol Captain

Course Overview

The Senior Lifeguard Award - Patrol Captain provides information on what you need to know and be able to do as a patrol captain. The qualification also covers theory on leadership topics which are then put into practice during scenarios. This prepares Surf Lifeguards for the leadership role that is essential to being a successful patrol captain. The Senior Lifeguard Award - Patrol Captain is a pre requisite for the National Lifeguard School, the final step for members to obtain the Advanced Lifeguard Award.

Course Information 

Pre requistes

16 years of age
Min 2 years patrolling experience
SLS Level 1 First Aid (current)
Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate
Current member of a SLS club 

Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)


One day

Delivered by

Regional facilitators

Who should complete it

Anyone interested in becoming a patrol captain

Candidate requirements

Fully participate in the course and complete the workbook

Topics covered

1. The roles and responsibilities
of a Patrol Captain - Building

2. The Patrol Operations Manual

3. Risk management

4. Patrol Management -
Motivating Others

5. Incident Management - Team Leadership



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

  1. Identify the Roles and Responsibilities of a Patrol Captain
  2. Identify components of the Patrol Operations Manual (POM) and explain its significance
  3. Set up, maintain and close down a patrolled area
  4. Supervise a response to an incident
  5. Assess risk
  6. Treat risk

To begin training for this qualification contact your club or local Club Development Officer.

Online Resources

Patrol Captain Candidate Workbook (updated February 2020)

Patrol Captain Resource (updated February 2020)