New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics (Pool Lifeguard) (Level 3)

2 New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics Pool Lifeguard Level 3

This programme is for people working as pool lifeguards and looking after swimmers and other pool users.

The Pool Lifeguard Level 3 certificate will prepare you to be confident using your supervision, rescue and emergency response skills when needed.

To train as a pool lifeguard in New Zealand, you must be at least 16 years old on the day you begin training.

Talk to your employer about requirements for checks under the Children's Act 2014 relevant to your role.

And to enrol in this programme, you need to be working in a paid job at a pool or an aquatic facility, self-employed, or a volunteer with regular and consistent shifts.

If you don't have a role lined up, contact us to talk about how we can help.

This 40-credit qualification is designed to be completed in about 8 months.

You'll be trained and observed and assessed in the workplace. Some of your assessments will be completed online.

Key learning areas include:

  • Aquatic supervision techniques
  • Aquatic rescue techniques
  • Supervising customers
  • Identifying and managing hazards and risks
  • Leading emergency responses. 

The Level 3 certificate is part of the Apprenticeship - Senior Pool Lifeguard (Level 4). After completing the certificate, contact us if you're interested in taking your career up a level and enrolling in the apprenticeship.

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