About Surf Sport Competitor

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

Please note that the availability of certain disciplines or competitions may depend on your location, ability and age. For example, only members aged 14 and over can compete at the Aussies; some clubs do not have ready access to swimming pools for pool rescue disciplines; and some competition levels require you to meet a minimum standard.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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


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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There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

For 15 years and over age groups, you need to do a minimum number of patrol hours as an active lifesaver in order to compete.

How do I make it happen?

If you would like more information about surf sport competition opportunities, please contact your local club. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Surf Sport Competitor

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

SLSA offers elite athletes the chance to compete at national (Aussies, Interstates, Coolangatta Gold) and international competitions (Trans Tasman Cup, World Lifesaving Games, World Rescue Titles).

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

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Officials enforce all the competition rules found in the Surf Sports Manual.

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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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A surf lifesaver is a trained volunteer that patrols our beaches on the weekends. Becoming a surf lifesaver is satisfying, fun and rewarding. You can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle, become trained in aquatic safety skills, make new friends, compete in surf sports, and give something back to your local community. You may also help save someone’s life one day!

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Responsible for the coordination of all junior/youth activities of the club.

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