Rookie Lifeguard Programme

Course Overview

The Rookie Lifeguard Programme has been designed to help junior 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 members wishing to become a Surf Lifeguards next season.

Course Information 


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

Duration: 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 & conservation 
  2. Surf & swimming skills 
  3. Role of a surf lifeguard and patrolling 
  4. Signals, flags & radio operations 
  5. Rescue, releases & tube rescue 
  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

Online Download: 2020-21 Rookie Coordinators Manual 
Online Download: 2020-21 Rookie Lifeguard Workbook