// What is this about

About the Traineeship

This School Based Traineeship is designed to engage young adults in the aquatic, sport and recreation industry.
Students will train and work across a variety of roles, including pool lifeguarding, swim teaching, sport coaching and customer service roles.
The program is the perfect opportunity for those students who are looking to gain a head start in their careers or expand on their workplace readiness and life skills for post schooling pathways.

// Where is this course held

Program Locations

  • Beerwah Aquatic Centre
  • Buderim Aquatic Centre
  • Coolum Aquatic Centre
  • Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre
  • Eumundi Aquatic Centre
  • Palmwoods Aquatic Centre
  • Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • Yeppoon Lagoon
  • Belmont Oasis
  • Windy Hill Fitness Centre
  • BayFitLeisure Centre
  • South Morang
  • Mill Park
  • Club Jubilee One
  • Melton Waves Leisure Centre
  • Sandringham Family Leisure Centre
  • Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre
  • Casula
  • Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre
  • Mosman Swim Centre
  • Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre
  • Newcastle Pools
  • Sans Souci Leisure Centre
  • Mount Annan Leisure Centre
  • Camden War Memorial Pool
  • Bankstown BlueFit Swimming 
  • Oran Park Leisure Centre
  • Aquadome (Elizabeth)
  • Salisbury
// Traineeship courses

What’s included in the program?

Our traineeships are designed around the needs of each individual trainee to develop skill sets that are applicable to the aquatic and recreation industry. 

Certificate III Sport, Aquatics and Recreation - SIS30122

Welfare System

Fast paced and exciting
work environments

Traineeship Consultant

Fully funded Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, CPR and First Aid courses

workplace learning

Opportunities to Work Across Multiple and a Variety of different departments

Permanent part time
employment and benefits


To be considered for this traineeship, we are looking for students that have

Enthusiasm and passion for helping others
in the community

An interest in
sport and swimming

A strong sense of commitment and
organisational skills

Ability to swim
200m in 6 minutes, unassisted


On the Job Training

As a LEA Trainee, you will be trained across as many departments as possible

Working Requirements
weekly shifts

based completion

LEA Trainee Roles



Elective Roles
Customer Service /



//Be part of our LEA family

Student Welfare

As a LEA trainee you will be highly valued as a staff member and become part of the LEA family.

Our welfare program includes:

Traineeship consultant
assigned to each year group




Training plans



Ongoing support
throughout the traineeship


Off the Job Training

In order for you to satisfy all elements of the traineeship, you will partake in training programs that will be fully funded.
Certificate III Sport, Aquatics and Recreation - SIS30122
Credit towards the
Senior Secondary Certificate

Pool Lifeguard Course

Online learning + practical sessions

Learn to Swim Course

// our students

What do they
think about us...

Britney F.
Yeppoon Lagoon
I am currently enrolled in Certificate III Sport and Recreation School-Based Traineeship with Leisure Employment Australia and working as a lifeguard. y. By choosing this traineeship, I have been able to gain a Certificate III, Learn-to-Swim qualification and excellent ‘on-the-job’ experience of being a lifeguard. The program has inspired me to further my career into the fitness industry and do something I am passionate about and love all while completing high school.
Dyrell S.
When I heard about the School Based Traineeship with LEA, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Being able to complete a Cert III in Sport and Recreation and work part time as a lifeguard suited me perfectly. During the traineeship, I have been able to further my knowledge within the Aquatic industry and have learnt the valuable skills to be able to ‘save a life’.I have been fully supported by LEA, School and my co-workers and have made some great new friends along the way.
Samantha B.
Gladstone Aquatic Centre
Starting from a very young age I found a passion for sports and revolved my whole life around it, participating in sports inside and outside of school. When the opportunity arose to enrol in the Certificate III in Sport and Recreation as a School-Based traineeship I jumped at the chance. Thanks to Leisure Employment Australia I have been able to enhance my knowledge in the sporting industry to follow my dreams and make a career out of something I have always loved. I am grateful for my traineeship opportunity and also the great friendships I have developed while completing my senior schooling.
Hudson I.
Hurstville Aquatic Centre
Hudson is an example of the programs ability to help s student mature into a valuable team member. Under the guidance of our managers, Hudson has transformed to a hardworking staff member who brings positive energy to his work. Having recently completed his Traineeship, Hudson found a passion working as a barista in the café whilst continuing to lifeguard and coach.
Piper D.
Yeppoon Lagoon
Since December 2018 I have had been doing my Certificate III in Sport and Recreation as a school-based traineeship. I was very fortunate to start working at the Yeppoon Lagoon as a lifeguard with a great bunch of people who have taught me a lot about not only the work we are doing, but also life experience as well. This traineeship is a great way enter the work force in a supportive environment and the qualifications that are included are definitely worth it. It is a lot of fun working in an aquatic environment and I am grateful for all the people I have met along the way.
Emma C.
Bexley Aquatic
My traineeship has provided a great number of opportunities and learning experiences. Undergoing the traineeship allowed me to be multi-skilled, working as a pool lifeguard, birthday party host, swim school instructor and programs instructor during my final years of high school, which provided an escape from the stresses of school and taught me the importance of good work ethic. Now currently in my first year of university, I’m still working frequently as a receptionist, tutor and sport coach. The traineeship was an invaluable experience, where I gained irreplaceable friendships in the LEA family.

// Are you ready to pursue a career within the Sports and Recreation Industry?