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November 2, 2022

Professional Ocean Lifeguard Level 4


This Professional Ocean Lifeguard 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 – PUA42619 – Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management)

Packaging Rules

A total of 12 units of competency comprising

  • 5 core units  listed below; plus
  • 7 elective units  from the general elective units listed

Choose a minimum of 5 elective units from the elective unit list.

Select 2 elective units from the elective unit list below or elsewhere within this training package or another endorsed training package or accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must be from an equivalent qualification level or higher.

Elective units selected from outside the qualification must not duplicate content already covered by units in this qualification.

Where imported units are selected, care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisite units specified are complied with.

Prerequisites attached to any of the units must be obtained and are additional to the number of units required for this qualification.

Where a prerequisite is attached to a unit it is identified by the symbol ∟.

By default, all prerequisites listed with ∟ become part of the core and elective units of this qualification.

Core units 


Communicate in the workplace


Manage Information


Administer allocation of resources


Conduct briefings and debriefings


Lead, manage and develop teams

General elective units


Coordinate search and rescue operations


Provide services to clients


Foster a positive organisational image in the community


Liaise with other organisations


Liaise with media at a local level


Administer a local public safety group


Assess operational risk


Treat operational risk

∟ PUAEMR006 Assess operational risk


Control a Level 1 incident


Undertake beach safety management activities


Search as a member of an aquatic search team


Follow defined work, health and safety policies and procedures


Maintain safety at an incident scene


Test pool water quality


Develop and implement pool water maintenance procedures


Develop and implement aquatic facility maintenance procedures

Other Requirements including prerequisites

Professional Ocean Lifeguard (POL) Award Level 3

Current Motor Vehicle Driver License

Current APOLA POL Annual Proficiency Certificate

Current APOLA Suspected Spinal Injury Care Award

Current Apply advanced resuscitation techniques (HLTAID015) and Current Apply first aid (HLTAID011)

Minimum operational employment experience of 1000 hours

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

Qualification Mapping Information

This qualification replaces and is equivalent to PUA42612 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management).

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