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The LEA School based traineeship program is designed for senior school students, who are eager to begin their careers in this exciting and rewarding industry.

The program incorporates the completion of a nationally recognised qualification and workplace training while being supported by our bespoke student welfare program.

Students will train and work across a variety of roles including pool lifeguarding, swim teaching and customer service. The program is the perfect opportunity for students who are looking to gain a head start in their careers and get paid industry experience in the workforce.


Program Structure:

The traineeship will be divided into the following three components:

Study – Fully funded training provided. Your training will include:

  • Certificate III in the Sport and Recreation Package*
  • Pool Lifeguard Certificate
  • Swimming and Water Safety Teacher Certificate
  • Provide First Aid Certificate
  • Provide CPR Certificate

Work – Trainees work an average of 8 hours per week over a minimum 12 month period. During this time they are employed for the following roles:

  • Lifeguard
  • Swim Instructor
  • Customer Service
  • Café Assistant

School – A School Based Traineeship may contribute towards the VCE score, therefore positive engagement at school is essential. School Based Trainees are assigned curriculum release time to complete studies or attend the workplace.



To be considered for this program, we are looking for students that are:

  • Motivated to help others
  • Committed to working an average of 8 hours a week
  • Interested in sport and swimming
  • Capable of swimming 200m in 6 minutes

*Terms and Conditions Apply


Locations in New South Wales:

Lane Cove Aquatic Centre

Mosman Swim Centre

Hurstville Aquatic Centre

Sans Souci Leisure Centre

Moss Vale Aquatic Centre 

Newcastle Pools

BlueFit Swimming Casula 

BlueFit Swimming Bankstown 


Our locations are based in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA.

For further information about school-based traineeships with Leisure Employment Australia, click here.

If you or someone you know may be interested in completing a school-based traineeship, simply fill out the Application Form via the link below.






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