Pool Lifesaving Coaches are fundamental to the development of swimming and lifesaving skills for people of all ages and abilities, encouraging ongoing participation for fun, fitness, and social inclusion. 

Royal Life Saving offers three levels of coaching accreditation, providing individuals with the knowledge and skills to coach grass roots participants to elite lifesaving athletes.


The Foundation Coach course equips teachers, coaches and instructors with a basic understanding of pool lifesaving sport including it's connection to swimming and lifesaving principles, explanations of core skills and events, and ways to modify pool lifesaving to cater for all abilities and facilities. From a Foundation Coach, individuals may progress to a Development or Performance Coach accreditation, with a focus on coaching competitive athletes. Learn more about the Pool Lifesaving coaching pathway, and how to become a coach below:

Swimming and Water Safety Teacher

Foundation  Coach

Development Coach

Performance  Coach

Find out more about each level

Foundation Coaches

Within this stage a coach will have a basic understanding of Pool Lifesaving as a Sport and the key rules and parameters associated with theirs and an athlete’s participation in Pool Lifesaving.


Are you a member of Royal Life Saving, over 16 and hold a CPR Certificate?

If you are already a RLS Member go to Step 1

Step 1 

Subscribe to the SportsHub and establish your profile

If you are already registered go to Step 2

Step 2

Complete the ASC General Principles and RLSSA Foundation Coach Courses

If you have already completed go to Step 3

Step 3

Submit your online Coaches Accreditation Application 

Development Coach

You must be an Accredited Foundation Coach to commence being a Development Coach.

A Development coach will have the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and deliver coaching programs with a particular focus on athlete development, nurturing talent and preparing pool lifesaving athletes for ongoing success at competitions. 


Complete the Play By The Rules Child Protection and Harassment Discrimination Courses through Sport Australia and add it to your Skills Register:

Step 1

Complete the RLSSA Development Coach Online Course modules through the SportsHub:

Step 2

Attend and be assessed at a RLSSA Development Coach workshop:

Step 3

Submit an application for Development Coach Accreditation

Performance Coach

You must be an Accredited Development Coach to commence being a Performance Coach.

At Performance Coach has a strong understanding of the High Performance sport environment, athlete development and coaching systems with a strong focus on coaching athletes for selection on National and International teams and elite success. A Performance Coach liaises closely with Australian Lifesaving Team management in the planning and delivery of targeted coaching programs for elite athletes, and plays a key role as a presenter, assessor and mentor for aspiring Performance Coaches.


Complete the ASADA Level 2 Anti-Doping and Ethical Decision Making courses and add to your Skills Register:

Step 1

Complete the Performance Coach online modules through the SportsHub:

Step 2

Attend a National Coach Development Workshop, AND;

Present and assess a Development Coach Workshop, OR:
Provide mentorship and coaching support for a Foundation or Development Coach

Step 3

Submit an application for Performance Coach Accreditation

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