Rookie Lifeguard Program

Every summer, Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) employs over 100 Lifeguards and Support Operations staff to deliver services across more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations.

Through the development of the Lifeguard Academy, SLSWA will deliver a range of programs & courses to provide opportunities for members to pursue pathways into paid employment in these service areas.



In January 2021, we are delighted to offer the Rookie Lifeguard Program, for members aged 16 -17 years. The 5-day Program will see Rookies gain exposure and skills directly related to employment as a Lifeguard and other Support Operations areas within SLSWA, including SurfCom and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.

Upon successful completion of the Program, Rookies will graduate, with the top ten graduates invited to participate in a further week-long immersion program, which will include on the job mentorship with SLSWA Lifeguards.


Online registrations, opening at 9.00 am, Friday, 27 November, are limited to 30 participants.

For further information including prerequisites, fees, and program details, visit our Lifeguard Academy webpage.


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