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The Surf Life Saver

All members that wear the red & yellow quartered cap are volunteer surf lifesavers. They have earned and annually update the proficiency of their "Bronze Medallion" or hold a "Surf Rescue Certificate" as a probationary surf lifesaver.

Surf Rescue Certificate
Probationary surf lifesavers can achieve this award from the age of 13 to help be prepared for active patrolling duties. The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation, plus a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness.

Bronze Medallion
This is the minimum requirement for a surf lifesaver. The holder of this award is over the age of 15 and has proved proficient in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology.

All members are required to complete a 400-metre swim in 9 minutes or less, in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres or over a measured open water course. Once this competency is completed all clubs provide qualified instructors who will train you to the level of a proficient lifesaver. All you need to do is have the right attitude and commitment to training and anyone is capable of becoming a surf lifesaver.

At the completion of their training a candidate's physical fitness is tested by a 200m run - 200m swim - 200m run to be completed in under eight minutes; a 400m pool swim to be completed in under nine minutes; simulated rescues using a rescue board and tube. All these skills combine to train candidates to be an effective member of a patrol team tasked with providing a safe beach and aquatic environment.


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