Intermediate Lifeguard School

Course Overview

Intermediate Lifeguard School is designed to provide junior lifeguards with the skills, development, knowledge and further understanding to develop as a lifeguard. The school is a dynamic combination of theory and practical based sessions to enhance the candidate's learning through a variety of situations. Intermediate Lifeguard School is delivered via a two-day camp and is a great opportunity for junior lifeguards to become more confident and capable lifeguards.

The target audience for this course is lifeguards who have been patrolling for 1-2 seasons and are ready to further develop their lifeguarding skills.

Course Information 


  • Current member of a SLS club
  • 15 years of age 
  • Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed) 
  • Surf First Aid (refreshed) 
  • Radio Communication Module or Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate 
  • Min 1 season of active patrolling experience 
  • Club Endorsement to attend ILGS 
  • Swim 400 metres sub 8 minutes 
  • IRB Crewperson Module (recommended) 

Duration: 2 days

Delivered by: Regional instructors 

Who should complete it: Lifeguards who have been patrolling for 1-2 seasons and are ready to further develop their lifeguarding skills

Candidate requirements

  • Obtain all Intermediate Lifeguard School prerequisites 
  • Attend the full course 
  • Fully participate in all activities and pass all learning elements of the course 


Topics covered

  1. Roles and Responsibilities 
  2. Tube and Board Rescue 
  3. First Aid Scenarios 
  4. Scanning and Surveillance 
  5. Helicopter landing zones 
  6. Intro into Rock Navigation 
  7. Intro into Search and Rescue 
  8. Run/Swim/Run 
  9. Goal Setting 
  10. Professionalism & Image 
  11. Working with external agencies 


At the completion of this school candidates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate good communication
  2. Knowledge of how to request and work with key external agencies
  3. Demonstrate physical competencies
  4. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills
  5. Demonstrate high levels of fitness
  6. Demonstrate water entry and exit on rocks
  7. Identify safety procedures when working around helicopters
  8. Demonstrate how to set up a helicopter landing zone
  9. Perform tube and board rescue skills