The Benefits of Being a Surf Lifesaver
Surf Life Saving is about satisfaction. Having fun, being physically fit, learning teamwork and aquatic safety skills, competing in surf sports, and helping make surfing a safer pastime. Surf Life Saving can offer a range of opportunities which will promote:
- A healthy lifestyle
- A sense of pride
- A sense of responsibility and purpose
- Positive social relationships
Become a surf lifesaver
The Bronze Medallion/ Certificate II in Public Safety is the minimum requirement for an active surf lifesaver. To obtain this award you must be over the age of 15 and demonstrate proficiency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology.
Before commencing training for the Bronze Medallion you will be required to complete a 400-metre swim in nine minutes or less. Our Club provides qualified instructors who will train you to the level of a proficient surf lifesaver. The Bronze course takes between 8-9 weeks. Each course requires a commitment from candidates of each Sundays from 7.45am to 1.00pm. Once you gain your Bronze Medallion you become an Active member of the Club. Course dates
At the completion of your training, your physical fitness will be tested by a run-swim-run (a 200m run followed by a 200m swim and then another 200m run) which has to be completed in under eight minutes. You will also be examined on theory, basic resuscitation and first aid and participate in a simulated rescue situation using a rescue board and tube. All these skills combine to train you to be an effective member of a patrol team.
As an active member you will be allocated to a patrol team and will be expected to attend each of your rostered patrols (a half-day patrol once every four weeks). Patrols are the most important component of Club activities.
There are many awards you can obtain through surf lifesaving, these include but are not limited to: Apply First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, IRB (Inshore Rescue Boats) Drivers, IRB Crew, Trainer, Assessor, Wave Runner Operator, Jet Boat Driver and Crew or Helicopter Crewperson. Training courses at Alexandra Headland SLSC, the Sunshine Coast Branch and SLSQ are delivered by a fully qualified team of motivated trainers and assessors.
What do I get out of being a surf lifesaver?
Surf Life Saving offers its members many useful skills and a great deal of satisfaction. As a member you can expect to:
- Have a lot of fun
- Get physically fit
- Build teamwork skills
- Be competitive
- Meet a network of friends
- Perform a vital job in the community
- Learn life saving skills
- Access great facilities & resources
Surf Life Saving training, patrolling and competition breeds teamwork and camaraderie. These activities are fun ways to meet and share a common interest with others. Our Club offers training to improve your fitness and develop new skills.
Want to be involved and not obtain a Bronze Medallion?
Our Club offers a wide range of awards to its members and the community.
By gaining basic awards in Apply First Aid or radio operations, you can assist with patrol first aid, observation and communication duties without having to perform water-based rescues.
If you are less than 15 years of age you can obtain a Surf Rescue Certificate. Probationary surf lifesavers can achieve this award from the age of 13. The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation, plus a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness.
For further information on becoming an active member of the Club please contact the Club office on 07 5456 7804 or via email.