About Radio Operator

Radio operators provide communication and coordination support to lifesaving services and external emergency services agencies.

  • Use communication systems and equipment in a lifesaving environment
  • Transmit and receive communications in a lifesaving environment
  • Maintain communications equipment in a lifesaving environment.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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


Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to perform basic communication practices.

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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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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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There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

You must be 13 or over to do your Radio Operator Certificate or Surf Rescue Certificate You must be 15 or over to do your Bronze Medallion.

How do I make it happen?

If you would like to become a radio operator, please contact your local surf lifesaving club. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Radio Operator

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

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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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:

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

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Responsible for the planning, implementation and review of all member protection activities of a surf lifesaving club.

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