With World Drowning Prevention Day calling on everyone to do one thing to prevent drowning, Belgravia Leisure is looking for for 1,500 pool lifeguards and swim teachers across Australia this summer to help keep their communities safe.
339 people drowned in Australian waterways in 2021/22; a 15% increase on 2020/21 and a 24% increase on the 10-year average (RLSSA).
One way that we can work to reduce these fatalities is to encourage people to consider becoming a lifeguard or swim teacher, which is why Belgravia venues are calling for applicants for these lifesaving roles, with applications open now across the country.
Now is the perfect time for people to sign up for these jobs, to start training ahead of the busy summer period. And it’s work that isn’t just for the young and sporty – people of all ages and backgrounds make fantastic lifeguards and swim teachers.
Pool lifeguard applicants must be at least 16 years old but they don’t need any prior experience or to provide a CV to sign up, with all training provided, leading to qualifications in lifesaving, first aid and CPR.
Lifeguards and swim teachers play a rewarding role in ensuring safe venues for the community,” says Belgravia Leisure Aquatic Safety Manager Scott Vanderheyden.
“Their roles are focused on preventing incidents and accidents from occurring, rather than responding when someone is in trouble. Being in a role teaching children or adults to swim, or a lifeguard educating a swimmer on safe swimming areas, forms a large part of the social fabric of our society”.
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia General Manager – Capability & Industry, RJ Houston said that people who want to make a difference in their communities often become Pool Lifeguards and Swim Teachers.
“Royal Life Saving research has shown that aquatic industry workers gain enjoyment and satisfaction from making a positive impact on people’s lives and helping make people be safe around water.
“We also know that these roles are really attractive to students or people looking for a more flexible career option.”
Not only do pool lifeguards and swim teachers get to enjoy the social nature of their jobs, exercise and keep fit, they keep our communities safe.
Applicants should head to Belgravia’s website to kickstart the process here.