LIFE SAVING

Saving lives and building a better community.

WHAT IS SURF LIFE SAVING?

The primary role of any Surf Life Saving Club is the protection of the surfing public, and to save lives.

Surf lifesaving is a volunteer, not-for-profit community based surf rescue service that operates in the summer months as fixed location patrols during daylight hours. Our specialty is surf rescue plus we are first responders with an emphasis on resuscitation skills. We are trained in the use of portable oxygen and AED defibrillators. We can respond to local emergencies with urgency when patrolling.

We are easily identifiable on the beach thanks to our uniforms and flags being red and yellow and we have extensive resources including a large radio network.

Volunteer patrol Copacabana Beach on all weekends and public holidays between September school holidays and Easter Monday and Anzac Day or the last weekend of the Easter School Holidays (which ever is the later).

During the Christmas school holidays patrols operate between 9.00am and 6.00pm and outside of the Christmas School Holidays patrols operate 9.00am and 5.00pm.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

To become a life saver you can undertake a number of awards

Surf Rescue Certificate

The Surf Rescue Certificate provides participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations and act in the role of Water Safety Personnel. You must be at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment.

Bronze Medallion

The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. You must be at least 15 years of age on the date of final assessment.

This is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia.

Further Training

Beyond the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion, there are many further training opportunities available at Copacabana SLSC. Including First Aid Officer, Radio Operator, Rescue Water Craft Operator and more.

To find out more contact our Director of Life Saving