School-based Traineeships information for aquatic centres

pool lifeguard

School-aged workers can study a nationally recognised qualification as part of a School-based Traineeship (SBT). In an SBT, the trainee is a full-time school student as well as a part-time employee who undertakes on-the-job training in a commercial environment while being paid for the hours they work.

SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation - Pool Lifeguard Pathway

By completing the SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation through Royal Life Saving WA, school-based trainees can also achieve their Pool Lifeguard qualification and be skilled up, ready to work from the summer season they leave school.

  • Recruit young, keen staff before they graduate from high school
  • Employ and train a young person part time at your facility
  • Meet current and future skills needs of your centre
  • Give a young person realistic exposure to your industry

Units of Competency

Cluster 1: Know Your Industry

  • SISXIND001 Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
  • SISXIND002 Maintain sport, fitness and recreation industry knowledge


Cluster 2: Safety in the Workplace

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  • SISXEMR001 Respond to emergency situations
  • SISXFAC002 Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities


Cluster 3: Plan to Succeed

  • BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities
  • SISXCAI002 Assist with activity sessions
  • SISXCCS001 Provide quality service


Cluster 4: Pool Lifeguard

  • PUAEME001B Provide emergency care
  • PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation
  • SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues
  • SISCAQU006 Supervise clients in aquatic locations
  • SISCAQU007 Perform advanced water rescues


Employer Incentives

There are State and Federal Government financial incentives available for eligible Western Australian businesses that employ a school-based trainee. 

Learn more about State incentives here

Learn more about Federal incentives here 

How does it work? 

For the SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation - Pool Lifeguard Pathway, employers will take on a trainee as they start Year 11. Students will complete the traineeship by September of the following year, as they approach graduation from high school and are ready to enter the workforce.

  • Identify a suitable part-time position within your business
  • Find a school student wanting to undertake an SBT (Royal Life Saving WA can help with this)
  • Discuss and approve with the student's school their release day(s) for employment and training
  • Employ the student
  • Work with the school and Royal Life Saving WA as the RTO to develop and set the training plan
  • Mentor and support the student throughout their traineeship
  • The student will receive training from Royal Life Saving WA who will come to your workplace to conduct training and assessment of the student