The Australian Pool and Ocean Lifeguard Association Inc (APOLA Inc) is a non-profit professional association for Australian wave pool and ocean lifeguards. In general terms APOLA:
- Recognises Local Government Councils, (in cooperation with their respective State and/or Territory and Federal Government agencies) as the controlling authorities in aquatic safety and beach management.
- Promotes and supports best practice in wave pool and beach management in consultation with wave pool operators, Councils and Association member lifeguards.
- Advocates high standards for lifeguard performance through access to recognised industry training.
- Supports community education and programs in beach and aquatic facility management, water safety, risk assessment, lifeguard and aquatic personnel training, public education, regulation, public relations, tourism support and teaming with medical, rescue and other specialist agencies.