Training and Eductation
APOLA is a non-profit professional association that is recognised as the peak professional association for Australian professional beach inspector ocean lifeguards. It promotes best practice in ocean water safety and beach management. APOLA coordinates professional ocean lifeguard activity in lifeguard training, community education, tourism support, public relations, regulation and risk management in consultation with all levels of government including Councils and their career professional ocean lifeguards.
APOLA Board of Education, Training, Examination and Awards
The APOLA Board of Education, Training, Examination and Awards oversees a comprehensive training and education awards system for professional ocean lifeguards and community groups with highly qualified and experienced trainers and assessors delivering beach water safety education and training programs for pre school, school, adult, senior adult, workplace, aquatic sports coaches, specific needs, school teachers, surf school coaches and professional ocean lifeguards.
Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
Additionally, APOLA, in partnership with registered training organisations, provide professional ocean lifeguards and other aquatic professionals to obtain Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) nationally accredited and approved courses and qualifications such as Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search & Rescue) and Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search & Rescue Management) and units from the Health Training package including CPR, first aid and advanced resuscitation.
Ocean Lifeguard, Community and Emergency Response Training
Training information including courses are organised in three general coloured coded categories – blue, green and red:
Ocean Lifeguard Training
Emergency Response Training