Become a Lifesaver

BECOME A LIFESAVER

Who Are Lifesavers?

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

 

What Do You Do as a Lifesaver?

As a trained lifesaver you will volunteer your time on the weekends during the Summer to ensure that Dicky Beach is patrolled and a safe place to swim. Your role will mostly consist of vigilant supervision for those in need of help, providing First Aid care and communicating with the general public about various hazards.

 

Benefits of Being A Lifesaver

  • Have a lot of fun
  • Get physically fit
  • Build teamwork skills
  • Be competitive
  • Meet a network of new friends
  • Perform a vital job in the community
  • Learn life saving skills
  • Access great facilities & resources

The Main Power Craft Awards

Further member development can be undertaken into various other power craft some of which are specially operated through branch and state services.

Description:
Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to safely and effectively operate an SSV, tractor and/or 4WD for lifesaving purposes.

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life-saving club
-Minimum 17 years
-Current drivers license

Opportunities:
Participants will be able to further assist on patrols by having the skills to drive the SSV, tractor and/or 4WD

Description:
Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat in rescue operations.

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life saving club
-Minimum of 15 years old 

- Current Bronze Medallion Holder

Opportunities:
Participants will be able to further assist on patrols and water safety by having the skills to crew an IRB. They can further develop these skills by completing their IRB Driver Certificate.

Description:
Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive an Inflatable Rescue Boat in rescue operations.

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life saving club
-Minimum of 17 years old (on day of final assessment) 

- Current Queensland Marine Licence
- Current Bronze Medallion (BM)
- Current IRB Crew Certificate (IRBC)

Opportunities:
Participants will be able to further assist on patrols and water safety by having the skills to drive an IRB.

The Main Lifesaving Volunteer Awards

Further member development can be undertaken into the Silver and Gold Medallion in Aquatic Rescue, once you have acquired your bronze for further opportunities.

Description:
Provides participants with basic patrolling and surf awareness knowledge, in order to be able to participate in basic lifesaving patrolling operations.

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life saving club
-Minimum of 13 years old (on day of final assessment)
-Ability to complete a 200m swim within five (5) minutes

Opportunities:
Participants will be able to participate in patrols under the guidance of more experienced patrolling members. They can continue to develop their skills by completing their Bronze
Medallion.

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

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life saving club
-Minimum of 13 years old (on day of final assessment)

Opportunities:
Participants will have the
competencies to effectively and confidently use radios as a means of communication whilst patrolling

Description:
The aim of this course is to provide participants with skills and knowledge related to surf awareness, aquatic rescue operations, radio operations, resuscitation, emergency care, spinal management, communication, teamwork and Surf Life Saving patrol operations. Participants will be able to participate in lifesaving patrolling operations.

 

Participants will be awarded the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue).

 

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life saving club
-Minimum of 15 years old (on day of final assessment) 
- Ability to complete a 400m swim within nine (9) minutes

 

Opportunities:
This award includes and builds upon the SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate, and it is the prerequisite award for many other SLS pathway awards.

The Main First Aid & Emergency Care Awards

Further member development can be undertaken into the more specific areas of First Aid.

Description:
Provides participants with the knowledge and skills to perform CPR during an emergency incident. Participants will be issued the award HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life saving club
-Minimum of 13 years old (on day of final assessment)

-Be an active patrolling member or enrolled in a course to patrol

Opportunities:
Participants will be able to perform CPR during an emergency situation. They will be able to further develop their skills by completing their Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
Certificate.

Description:
Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to manage an emergency first aid situation until professional medical support is available. Participants will be issued the awards:
HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life saving club
-Minimum of 14 years old (on day of final assessment)

-Be an active patrolling member or enrolled in a course to patrol

Opportunities:
Participants will become a specialised first aid patrolling member. They can further develop their skills by completing additional emergency care awards.

Description:
Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to use oxygen, airway management devices and automated defibrillator during resuscitation, and to administer oxygen to conscious or unconscious breathing casualties.
Participants will be issued the awards: HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy

 

Prerequisites:
-Financial member of a life saving club
-Minimum of 15 years old (on day of final assessment) 

-Hold First Aid (HLTAID011)

-Be an active patrolling member or enrolled in a course to patrol

 

Opportunities:
Participants will become specialised resuscitation patrolling members. They can further develop their skills by completing additional First Aid or emergency care awards.

Become a Surf Lifesaver

The Bronze Medallion Certificate II in Public Safety (or Surf Rescue Certificate – SRC) is the minimum requirement for an active surf lifesaver. To obtain this award you must be over the age of 15 (SRC age of 13) and demonstrate proficiency (after participating in our Bronze/SRC training course) in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology. Our Club provides qualified instructors who will train you to the level of a proficient surf lifesaver.
At the completion of your training, your physical fitness will be tested by a run-swim-run of a 200m run followed by a 200m swim and then another 200m run which has to be completed in under 8 minutes (SRC is a 100m run followed by a 100m swim and then another 100m run which has to be completed in under 5 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 rescue tube. All these skills combine to train you to be an effective member of a patrol team.

Become a Member or Transfer From Another Club

Learn about the steps to become a patrolling member at Dicky Beach.