How to Become a Lifesaver

Surf lifesavers are Australian for life. You can be too. As one of Australia’s busiest beaches we are always looking for new patrol members.

A surf lifesaver is a trained volunteer that patrols our beaches on the weekends and public holidays. They undertake a number of roles including aquatic rescues, providing first aid and emergency care and providing surf safety information to the public.

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 mates, compete in surf sports, and give something back to your local community. You may also help save someone’s life one day.

What’s involved?

To become a surf lifesaver you need first join our surf club. You will then need to undertake one of our Bronze Medallion courses held several times throughout the year. To obtain this 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. Courses generally take 8-10 weeks to complete, and involve one practical and one theory session every week.

You will be required to complete a 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes, and a 200m Run / 200m Swim / 200m Run in under 8 minutes.

Once you’ve successfully completed this and you have signed up with the club, you will be wearing the red and yellow, and can proudly call yourself a surf lifesaver. The club will then allocate you your patrol hours.

Patrols are usually undertaken on a weekend or public holiday, approximately once every three weeks for a 4-5 hour period.


How do I sign up?

Becoming a surf lifesaver with our club has never been easier. Complete our Join Now application form.