Surf lifesaving originated in Australia in 1907 in response to drownings at local beaches in Sydney. Such groups became necessary following the relaxing of laws prohibiting daylight bathing on Australian beaches. Volunteer groups of men were trained in life saving methods and patrolled the beaches as lifesavers looking after public safety. Lifesaving has come a long way since these early days but being a lifesaver remains an iconic Australian pastime.
All awards such as Bronze, SRC, IRB & ARTC are only current to 31st December each year. So at the commencement of every season our training team will conduct several proficiency (Skills Maintenance) sessions which every must attend to be able to Patrol, participate in any club training or surf sport activity and Compete. Advanced notice of dates are provided in the off season and all are expected to book in for their required session as you will be instructed.
All Bronze patrolling members have access to the Gym free of charge if they complete min of 25hours of patrol each season.
To be able to compete you must complete 16hrs on patrol Jan-Dec in the current season year.
If you cannot attend Patrol, it is expected to notify Captain and find a substitute
At the commencement of each season a Patrol Season Launch is held for all patrolling members to attend which includes the first Group Proficiency of the season plus a social to meet & greet fellow patrolling members & your captains. On this date patrolling members are allocated their group for the season and provided roster
Patrol Windup Carnival
At the end of season we have a Patrol V’s Patrol Carnival which is a fun (and competitive) way to end the season. Some fun activities are arranged on the beach and the winning Patrol is awarded their Patrol Shield at our Social following the carnival. Patrol Captains also award on of their own patrolling members a trophy for who they think has been an outstanding member of their patrol for the duration of season.
SRC & Bronze Courses
SRC Course will be offered during the season on normal Sunday Nipper days (information of course requirements will be advised by your Age Group Manager)
Bronze Course our training team generally offer 2 Bronze courses every season with one commencing October and the other Commencing in January. Details of the Bronze course can be found in the training section.
Other training courses once you have completed Bronze, you are then able to complete other training such as IRB Crew & Drivers, Advanced Resus just to name a couple. To see the pathways with lifesaving click this link https://sls.com.au/pathways/