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Wollongong Beaches

Wollongong City Council looks after 17 patrolled beaches and 9 public pools between Stanwell Park and Windang. Council lifeguards patrol six days a week, and on Sundays there are volunteer lifesavers from Surf Lifesaving Australia.

All of our beaches are patrolled from the start of the September school holidays til the end of the April school holidays. To find locations and patrol hours, visit the Our Beaches page.

North Wollongong Beach is our only beach that's patrolled year-round - during winter it's patrolled seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.

Please see beach and pool safety for more information on safety.

The beaches aren’t just for swimming, either. Whether you want to surf, sailboard, scuba dive or play volleyball, you’ll find a beach to suit. Plus, eight of the area’s beaches have rock pools to explore.

When you do visit our beaches, we’d encourage you to help us keep them looking good by putting your rubbish in the bins provided.

How to become a Lifeguard

Council employs a mix of permanent, seasonal and casual lifeguards each year for the full swim season. Lifeguard position range from seven-month appointments through to on-call casual roles. 

If you'd like to be a lifeguard, you need to be skilled in surf lifesaving or be a professional lifeguard, and have experience and knowledge of the beach and surf conditions.

For the 2018/19 season we will be advertising in early July with applications expected to close late July. Physical testing will be taking place on Tuesday 7 August 2018 and it is compulsory that you successfully complete this before progressing to an interview. Applicants may also be required to undertake a pre-employment medical assessment before being appointed.

The essential qualification requirements for the 2018/19 season are:


  • PUA31312 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid (Statement of Attainment)
  • HLTAID007 Provide Advanced Resuscitation (Statement of Attainment)


For additional recruitment information please contact Wollongong City Council 42277111

 The list below details providers that you may wish to contact when seeking lifeguard qualifications:

Ben Chalmers - Lifeguard International

Visit the website.

Andrew McIvor - Surf Lifesaving NSW

Visit the website

Mark McCarthy - Wollongong First Aid

Visit the website

Greg Hackfath - APOLA

M: 0418 285 073

Visit the website

Alternatively for all providers of the Cert III in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) in Australia, visit the website​.  

Public Pools

If you prefer pools to waves, try one of Wollongong’s many public swimming pool options. We’ve got rock pools, saltwater pools, freshwater pools and, at Beaton Park Leisure Centre, an indoor pool. Public pool opening hours.

We recognise that aquatic recreational activities have evolved over time, so Council has adopted a 10 year strategy that will help to achieve our vision:

’Wollongong City is host to a variety of highly used and appealing aquatic recreational opportunities that meet our community’s needs of today and their desires of tomorrow’

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