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Surf Life Saving Australia values the contribution made to the movement by its members. Previously, there has been a range of awards that are available for clubs to use to recognise their members. These have been consolidated into a member recognition framework, to make it easier for clubs to apply for the appropriate awards for their members.

SLSA Honours

Members of SLSA may be recommended for an SLSA Honourif they have rendered service to SLSA over a period of at least twenty (20) years. For each individual award, this service must have been:

Life Membership: Distinguished Service that is both sustained and conspicuous.
President's Medal: Significant and outstanding service.
Sustained Service Certificate: Sustained and committed service.
Elligibility: At least twenty (20) years of distinguished service.

Candidates shall be nominated in writing on the appropriate form by the President or by two (2) members of SLSA.

Nominations after being confirmed by the club/branch are to be forwarded to the relevant State Centre which will confirm the details provided. It shall then be the responsibility of the State Director to submit the nomination to the SLSA Honours Committee. The Honours Committee will then meet and make a recommendation on all nominations to the Australian Council. The Australian Council will review these recommendations in February and August each year.

Any member awarded an SLSA Honour shall be recorded in the minutes of that Australian Council meeting. Formal acknowledgement of recipients of Life Membership of SLSA to be forwarded by the President. The Directors of the Australian Council are to be the only persons present for discussion and resolution of SLSA honours recommendations.

Application Process

Form 51 to be completed. Application to follow the approval process as outlined above.

Long Service Award

SLSA has Long Service Awards, to recognise members for their sustained membership of surf lifesaving.

These Long Service Awards are award for:

SLSA 25 years Long Service
SLSA 30 years Long Service
SLSA 40 years Long Service
SLSA 50 years Long Service
SLSA 60 years Long Service
SLSA 70 years Long Service
SLSA 75 years Long Service

Eligibility

Members of SLSA may be awarded the SLSA Long Service Award under the following conditions:

The Award may be issued after the respective years' membership of SLSA

Years of membership shall commence from the date of joining an Affiliated Club or a Ladies Auxiliary or former junior surf lifesaving association(s) but not earlier than the age to become eligible to obtain SLSA's Surf Rescue Certificate, whichever shall be the later date. Where the years of membership are not continuous they shall be aggregated.

The details of the members qualifying for the award shall include their Bronze Medallion number or proof of date of joining an Affiliated Club, Ladies Auxiliary or former junior surf lifesaving association(s).

Application Process

Form 42 is to be completed, endorsed appropriately, and forwarded to the respective State Centre.

National Patrol Service Award

SLSA has established National Patrol Service Certificates, which are available to members of Affiliated Clubs in recognition of their long service to lifesaving patrols.

These Patrol Service Awards are classified as follows:

SLSA 5 year National Patrol Service Certificate

SLSA 10 year National Patrol Service Certificate

SLSA 15 year National Patrol Service Certificate

SLSA 20 year National Patrol Service Certificate

SLSA 25 year National Patrol Service Certificate

SLSA 30 year National Patrol Service Certificate

SLSA 35 year National Patrol Service Certificate

SLSA 40 year National Patrol Service Plaque

SLSA 45 year National Patrol Service Plaque

SLSA 50 year National Patrol Service Plaque

Elligibility

Subject to Bulletins, issued from time to time, persons eligible for these certificates are members who hold one or more qualifications in the following award streams - patrolling lifesaver, emergency care or radio and who have actively assisted with patrol obligations. In the case of Award members, eligibility for the patrol service award shall commence from the date of obtaining the relevant certificate. Note: Years of patrol service may be calculated from the Surf Rescue Certificate or the years of patrol as an active cadet.

It is not possible to accumulate ‘double years’ of patrol service by completing full patrols with a special service i.e. jet boats, helicopters etc as well as club beach patrol in one year. The person must have personally completed a 100% patrol service relevant to their membership category for that season with a minimum of 16 hours being completed per season.

Definition of a “patrol” shall include:

Rostered Beach Patrol
Rostered Powercraft Patrol i.e. Jet Boat, ORB, Jet Ski
Rostered HRS Patrol
Rostered Radio Patrol or Radio Room Duty

Note: You cannot redeem Water Safety Hours as part of the Patrol Service Award unless part of a rostered patrol under the direction of the patrol captain.

A successfully completed patrol must have been undertaken in full accordance with the obligations and regulations of the organisation as well as the Club/Service concerned.

The member must have successfully completed the prescribed annual proficiency test for the Club/Service.

(Any) Absence from the Club/Service for approved leave of absence or other exemption from patrol duty shall not be credited to the acquiring of the Patrol Service Award. However, the credit of years of service can be recommenced when resuming full patrol duty and will then be accumulative to the previous total of 100% patrol years.

If correctly documented and verified by the appropriate Officer of a member’s club/s, then years of full patrol duty with one or more clubs can be accumulated to arrive at the total of years for the patrol service award.

Application Process (revision)

Form 15 has been updated to streamline the process so that SLSA can efficiently and quickly process the awards.

Form 15 needs to be completed, endorsed by the club and sent to SLSA. Clubs must also process each new award in Surfguard. It is the responsibility of each club to ensure that this step is completed. SLSA will not process the award unless a new award request is waiting in Surfguard.

Assessing, Officiating and Coaching Service Certificates

SLSA has established Long Service Certificates, which are available to members of Affiliated Clubs in recognition of their long service as examiners/assessors, to competition as officials and/or coaches and to Junior Activities as Age Managers.

These National Service Certificates are issued for:

­SLSA 5 years of service
SLSA 10 years of service
SLSA 15 years of service
SLSA 20 years of service
SLSA 25 years of service
SLSA 30 years of service
SLSA 35 years of service
SLSA 40 years of service
SLSA 45 years of service
SLSA 50 years of service

In any of the three categorised identified above (ie. coaching/officiating/assessing)

Eligibility

Persons eligible for these awards are:

­Members, whose period of service begins from their initial recognition as the holder of a qualification in the areas of assessing, competition officiating or coaching­.

Where the years of membership are not continuous they shall be aggregated.

Applicants must fulfil the active membership requirements for their respective Board of Lifesaving/Surf Sports/ Development and receive endorsement from this board.

Application process

Form 387 is to be completed, and endorsed appropriately, then forwarded to the respective State Centre. The details of the members qualifying for the award shall include their award number and date of obtaining the award.

Meritorious Award

Meritorious Awards can be awarded to affiliated clubs and/or their members and/or the public for outstanding deeds of bravery performed in the sphere of operations of SLSA (lifesaving - both in and outside of designated patrol hours).

Awards are established in two sections, each divided into three grades, as follows:

Individual Award

Silver Medallion
Bronze Medallion
Certificate of Merit

Group or Club Award

Certificate of Merit with Silver Medallion inset
Certificate of Merit with Bronze Medallion inset
Certificate of Merit

Note: The State Centre Meritorious Awards Committee may be required to assist in the investigation and application process.

Application Process

The following documents are required with each nomination:

 - The "Application for Commendation or Meritorious Award" form (Form 26 )

 - The SLSA Incident Report Form (if relevant)

 - Other supporting statements e.g. Police, Ambulance and/or witness statements

 - Information or reports of rescues are also welcome from media agencies.

This information should be faxed to Surf Life Saving Australia on (02) 9130 8312, as soon as possible after the rescue.

Commendation

Commendations recognise outstanding team work, rescue skills, rescue management, individual displays of initiative and resourcefulness, and well conducted rescue activity (e.g. first aid, resuscitation, IRB rescues, board and tube rescues etc) by members of Surf Life Saving Australia.

Around Australia on each summer weekend and outside regular patrolling hours, there are a number of rescues carried out. While most are considered routine there are some that are considered "exceptional". This recognition award includes rescues or application of lifesaving skills by club members in exceptional circumstances on or off the beach, e.g. resuscitation of a person struck by lightning.

This award will be presented on an ongoing basis to lifesavers involved in these exceptional rescues. After consideration, a Commendation may be awarded to an individual or group, club or service.

Recipients of a Commendation are not excluded from nominating for a Meritorious Award.

Note: Rescues can occur at any time - on and off duty and at any location.

The National President and National Director of Lifesaving issue each Commendation on certificate parchment.

Application Process

The following documents are required with each nomination:

 - The "Application for Commendation or Meritorious Award" form (Form 26 );

 - The SLSA Incident Report Form (if relevant);

 - Other supporting statements e.g. Police, Ambulance and/or witness statements

 - Information or reports of rescues are also welcome from media agencies.

This information should then be faxed to Surf Life Saving Australia on (02) 9130 8312, as soon as possible after the rescue.

National Medal

The National Medal was established by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 1975 as one of the original elements of the distinctive Australian system of honours and awards. The medal recognises long service in organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. The commencement date of eligible service for SLSA is 18 September 1986.

Eligibility

This award recognises the long service (minimum 15 years) of members /employees of SLSA as:

Rescue helicopter pilots; or
Rescue helicopter aircrew; or
­Jet/Offshore rescue boat skippers; or
­Jet/Offshore rescue boat drivers; or
­Jet/Offshore rescue boat crew; or
­Operational members of emergency response groups; or
­'Patrol members'.

Patrol members' for the purposes of the determination will be active members (including Reserve Active and Long Service) of Surf Life Saving Australia who meet the requirements of the annual proficiency test for SLSA Bronze Medallion for each year of eligible service; and have completed the minimum rostered beach patrols hours for each year of service or as a minimum 30 hours in each year of service.

Service by a member of SLSA as a cadet member or junior activities member will not be recognised as eligible service for the medal.

Years of service in another approved organisaiton may be aggregated with service to SLSA in line with the medal guidelines.

Application Process

Applications for the National Medal are to be submitted to SLSA on Form Form 12 .

The Order of Surf Life Saving

An award in the Order of Surf Life Saving is available to individuals or corporations in recognition of their contributions as benefactors.

An award in the Order of Surf Life Saving is to be in the following four categories dependent on the size of the financial donation or bequest:

Campanion in the Order of Surf Life Saving
Fellow in the Order of Surf Life Saving
Member in the Order of Surf Life Saving
Associate in the Order of Surf Life Saving

Authority to award one of the Orders of Surf Life Saving is delegated to the President and/or Australian Council.

Australian Council Certificate

This certificate is awarded for outstanding service or support at a national level 'By Resolution of the Australian Council'. The resolution should identify distinguished service or support by the individual or organisation receiving the certificate.

Nomination for the award shall be submitted by national or State Centre officers and should be placed on the Agenda of a Council meeting for discussion and final resolution. The certificate shall be presented in such a manner as to attract maximum media and SLSA recognition.

Certificate of Appreciation

This certificate recognises outstanding service or support that is beyond that which is to be expected of a member, non-member, company or group.

This certificate shall require a recommendation from a State Centre or SLSA Director or Officer and subsequent endorsement by the SLSA President and/or CEO. The nominating body shall present the certificate.

SLSA Hall of Fame

Recognition and induction into the SLSA Hall of Fame is available to members of Affiliated Clubs in recognition of their contribution in three (3) primary areas:

Surf Lifesaving
Surf Lifesaving -­ Administration
Surf Lifesaving - Sport

Induction into the SLSA Hall of Fame can be made under the following conditions:

The Australian Council will consider nominations for the Hall of Fame once per calendar year only.

Members of SLSA may submit nominations which should clearly set out the name, address and all relevant information of the person(s) being nominated including details of their membership on Form 38.

The nominations should address the history of the nominee and compliance with the criteria listed from time to time. Full use of multimedia and other supporting evidence or samples are permitted.

The decision of the Australian Council is final and absolutely no correspondence will be entered into.

National Innovation Award

In Surf Life Saving Australia's 75th Anniversary year the then National Council announced the ongoing scheme of Innovation Awards.

An SLSA National Innovation Award is given to a person(s) or group(s) in recognition of any development of initiatives (eg policy, procdure, equipment) that in the opinion of the Council will improve any facet of surf lifesaving in Australia.

An SLSA National Innovation Award can be given under the following conditions

A maximum of six (6) awards can be awarded in any one calendar year.

Members of SLSA may submit nominations which should clearly set out the name, address and all relevant information of the person(s) or group(s) being nominated including details of their membership. The nominations should state the nature of the subject, its considered benefit to SLSA and other pertinent details. Full use of multimedia and other supporting evidence or samples are permitted.

The decision of the Australian Council is final and absolutely no correspondence will be entered into.

Application Process

Applications for the Innovation Award are to be submitted to SLSA on Form Form 45 .

Surf Lifesaver of the Year

The Surf Lifesaver of the Year award is presented each year in recognition of excellence and commitment to patrolling. This is one of SLSA’s most prestigious awards. Nominations for these awards are called for in June of each year and selected in their respective state/territories. State/territory finalists are then entered in the Australian Lifesaver of the Year Awards.

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year award is presented each year in recognition of excellence and commitment to administration. It is one of SLSA’s most prestigious awards. Nominations for these awards are called for in June of each year and selected in their respective state/territories. State/territory finalists are then entered in the Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Lifeguard of the Year

The purpose of the Lifeguard of the Year award is to recognise and reward employees who have made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of Surf Life Saving Lifeguard Services. This program is aimed at Surf Life Saving Australia Lifeguards who are involved in the provision of frontline services and who can be presented as identifiable “Ambassadors” for Surf Life Saving. Any SLSA employed Lifeguards may lodge applications. Nominations for these awards are called for in June of each year and selected in their respective state/territories. Finalists are then chosen from these nominations to determine the Australian Lifeguard of the Year.

Club of the Year

The purpose of the SLSA Club of the Year is to encourage and recognise outstanding achievements in club development that results in SLSA clubs providing safer beach and aquatic environments for the community.

Criteria

Clubs will demonstrate the use of a systematic improvement program that focuses on two or more of the following: Leadership; Planning; People; Member Focus; Overall Performance.

Clubs will demonstrate engagement of members in club operations, resulting in improved morale and retention.

Clubs will evidence achievements that support SLSA’s Saving Lives in the Water plan.

Clubs will demonstrate extended partnerships with external stakeholders.

Clubs demonstrate improved lifesaving services.

Clubs should demonstrate how they have accessed a continuous improvement programs such as the Australian Sports Commissions Club Development Network.

Application Process

Each state is responsible for choosing a finalist for the SLSA Club of the Year. All finalists are required to provide a short presentation to the judging panel during the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

Surf Sports Official of the Year

The Surf Sports Official of the Year award recognises and rewards the outstanding achievements of a Surf Sports Official, who has made a significant contribution to the area of officiating within Surf Life Saving. This contribution is with regards to both the commitment shown to officiating over the calendar year and their contribution towards officials educational development. Nominations for these awards are called for in June of each year and selected in their respective state/territories. State/territory finalists are then judged for the National Surf Sports Official of the Year.

Surf Sports Coach of the Year

The Surf Sports Coach of the Year award recognises and rewards those coaches who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the area of coaching within Surf Life Saving. This contribution is to both athlete/s performances and the area of coach educational development. Nominations for these awards are called for in June of each year and selected in their respective state/territories. State/territory finalists are then judged for the National Surf Sports Coach of the Year.

Surf Sports Athlete of the Year

The Surf Sports Athlete of the Year award recognises those athletes who have demonstrated sporting excellence in the area of surf sports within Surf Life Saving. Nominations for these awards are called for in June of each year and selected in their respective state/territories. State/territory finalists are then judged for the National Surf Sports Athlete of the Year.

Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship

The Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship is presented to young surf lifesavers over the age of 21 who have demonstrated leadership ability, and who have the potential to increase their leadership skills in surf lifesaving. The scholars complete a face to face workshop and other activities throughout the duration of the scholarship.

Applications for the Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship must be submitted on Form 10. This form will be made availabe when nominations are called each year.

Biographies of the 2010 Sir Adrian Curlewis Scholarship recipients can be viewed here.

ILS Citations

According to ILS, the minimum criteria for the ILS Citation is:

Any person who has contributed to the furtherance of lifesaving and the goals of ILS in a manner of enduring, global importance.

As a member nation, SLSA has the responsibility of nominating and issuing ILS citations to its individual members. In order to ensure that the members who deserve these awards are being appropriately recognised, SLSA has developed the following criteria and nomination timeline.

Criteria

1. The particular SLSA awards shall be automatically nominated for ILS citations:

The recipient of a meritorious award and/or commendation for bravery

National winners of Surf Lifesaver, Volunteer and Lifeguard of the year

SLSA Life Members

Individual winners of an SLSA Innovation Award

2. In addition to these automatic nominations, the following individuals should also be eligible:

Members who have contributed to significant international projects and/or events or to national projects with international significance, should also be nominated for ILS citations. This could include the capacity building programs with developing nations, educational tours, the conduct of sporting events, etc.

Sponsors, Donors, Politicians that have made a significant contribution to the growth and sustainability of SLSA.

Process

March: Automatic nominations are generated and tabulated following the Australian Championships

March: Nominations are called for nominations under the criteria listed in criteria 2above.

April: SLSA Honours Committee meets to review Criteria 2 nominations.

May: Honours Committee recommendations are ratified by the Australian Council and all nominees are submitted to ILS for the issue of the awards.

Beyond May: SLSA will notify all ILS Citation recipients of their award.

Beyond May: ILS Citations will be sent to states to be presented at an occasion appropriate to the level of the award.