LSV smashes pool lifeguard training record

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has blown its pool lifeguard training record out of the water, training 6,069 pool lifeguards in the 11 months to end May 2022, despite lockdown pressures.  

This beats LSV’s previous record from the 2018-19 financial year, when the organisation trained 5,773 pool lifeguards in the equivalent period. 

The uplift in qualified pool lifeguards has provided a welcome boost to the aquatic industry, which was consistently one of the first industries to close and last to reopen during COVID-19 lockdowns.  

LSV general manager training and aquatic industry Andy Dennis said training new and returning aquatic industry employees had been a key priority for LSV to support the industry’s post-lockdown bounce back. 

“LSV’s public training team has been hard at work qualifying new pool lifeguards so that aquatic facilities can open their doors and allow Victorians to get back into the pool and maintain swimming and water safety skills under the watchful eye of trained supervisors,” Mr Dennis said. 

“Our commitment to supporting the industry has included placing a two-year price freeze on all aquatic course fees, allowing professionals and facilities hit by the income loss associated with COVID-19 to requalify without worrying about additional costs. 

“We have also been strategic in targeting diverse cohorts, including older adults and newly-welcomed Australians, to participate in our training courses free of charge, to help broaden the industry’s reach and create employment pathways that they may not have thought of as an option in the past.” 

LSV has already begun preparation ahead of the  2022-23 season and beyond to continue encouraging new and returning staff to the aquatic industry. 

This includes providing new and free personal development eLearning activities for all LSV swim teachers and pool lifeguards, as part of our new industry portal release, as well as building long-term partnerships to deliver further free swim teacher qualification opportunities, where shortages continue to challenge the industry. 

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