About Lifesaver

A surf lifesaver is a trained volunteer that patrols our beaches on the weekends. Becoming a surf lifesaver is satisfying, fun and rewarding.

Surf lifesavers undertake a number of roles including aquatic rescues, providing first aid and emergency care and providing surf safety information to the public. The Surf Rescue Certificate is a stepping stone to the full Bronze Medallion that is generally the minimum standard required for full patrolling duties. The Surf Rescue Certificate was originally intended for young people aged between 13 and 15 years, however, anyone over the age of 13 can qualify at this level. The Surf Rescue Certificate is the minimum standard required for water safety at Nippers and similar events.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

The Surf Rescue Certificate provides participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations and act in the role of Water Safety Personnel.

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The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations.

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Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites


Other Requirements

You must be at least 13 and have the ability to swim 200m in under 5 minutes in a pool of at least 25m in length to undertake the Surf Rescue Certificate You must be at least 15 and have the ability to swim 400m in under 9 minutes in a pool of at least 25m in length to undertake the Bronze Medallion

How do I make it happen?

If you would like to become an active lifesaver, please contact your local surf lifesaving club. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/  

Other Opportunities Related to Lifesaver

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

A Gold Medallion Lifesaver has the advanced skills needed to rescue and provide emergency care - alone if necessary.

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The Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crewperson course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations

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The Australian Lifeguard Service provides qualified beach lifeguards to local government areas in locations around Australia.

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Assessors support the high quality and nationally consistent assessment of specified Surf Life Saving awards.  

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Facilitators support the high quality and nationally consistent delivery and assessment of specified Surf Life Saving awards.

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Trainers provide members with the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to similar-minded and passionate members through a formal learning process. As a Trainer you will be able to conduct courses, both SLSA Awards and Nationally Recognised Units, if you currently hold the relevant award in which you wish to train.

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What other options might suit me?

If you can do this role but would like to use your skills in another area in our organisation here are some other options for you to consider:

There are a wide range of opportunities available for members interested in participating in Surf Life Saving sport.

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Age managers are responsible for running activities for their group of nippers on the day, and encouraging children to learn and progress in their surf lifesaving activities.

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Members who hold a first aid qualification are still able to patrol the beach as an award member.

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Provide in-water support for participants in SLS sanctioned activities.

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