Lifesaving Committee member

About Lifesaving Committee member

Responsible to the board of management/management committee for the management of the lifesaving activities of the club.

  • Develop a lifesaving budget and work with the management committee to have this approved.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of an annual lifesaving service plan for the club’s beach in conjunction with local government and the relevant state surf lifesaving association.
  • Communicate with and consult the wider community and local councils on the lifesaving services provided by the club.
  • Attend relevant state surf lifesaving association meetings as required.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the duties of aquatic rescue personnel, are properly performed.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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


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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This program is designed to assist personnel build leadership skills for use in their club environment.

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There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

  • Ability to delegate tasks
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lead meetings and summarise discussions
  • Ability to use technology (create presentations and track data)
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to effectively coordinate volunteers / committee members

How do I make it happen?

These appointments are managed internally by your club. Speak to your club administrators for further information. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Lifesaving Committee member

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

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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:

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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Coaches work with surf sport athletes across all of the disciplines of Surf Life Saving competition.

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The role of the duty officer is to support patrol captains in ensuring the beach going public is exposed to minimal risk at our beaches. Duty officers may also be called on to assist in search and rescue incidents. 

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