Professional Ocean Lifeguard Level 4


This level (POL Level 4) is the recommended minimum entry level award for candidates employed as supervising senior professional ocean lifeguards, lifeguard coordinators or beach lifeguard service managers.

To gain the qualification of this Professional Ocean Lifeguard Award level both the Vocational training units of competency listed and the other requirements indicated below must be met.

For more information on understanding requirements for each level of the POL please see the following pdf document:

APOLA POL Award Levels 1-4 for implementation 2015 – Dec 2014.pdf


Vocational Training from Public Safety Training Package – PUA42612 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management).

Core (5 units of competency)

PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

PUACOM003B Manage Information

PUAMAN002B Administer work group resources

PUAOPE015A Conduct briefings and debriefings

PUATEA003B Lead, manage and develop teams

Elective (7 units of competency)

PUAOHS002B Maintain safety at an incident scene

PUAOPE027A Undertake beach safety management activities

PUASAR011C Search as a member of an aquatic search team

1 set of 4 units from the following 2 streams:

Risk and Response

PUAEMR027 Assess operational risk

PUAEMR026 Treat operational risk

PUAAMS007B Coordinate search and rescue operations

PUAOPE012A Control a Level 1 incident

Community and Administration

PUACOM007B Liaise with other organisations

PUACOM012B Liaise with media at a local level

PUACOM005B Foster a positive organisational image in the community

PUACOM013B Administer a local public safety group

Other Requirements including prerequisites

Professional Ocean Lifeguard (POL) Award Level 3

Current Motor Vehicle Driver Licence

Current APOLA POL Annual Proficiency Certificate

Current APOLA Suspected Spinal Injury Care Award

Current Apply advanced resuscitation techniques and Current Apply first aid

Minimum operational employment experience of 1000 hours

Current PWC Driver Licence*/APOLA Lifeguard Powercraft Ocean Rescue Award*/APOLA Beach Vehicle Driver Award*