Active life savers
Lifesavers on St Kilda Beach are all volunteers with a qualification – either a Bronze Medallion or a Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC).
These qualifications require members to complete a run-swim-run and proficiency in basic first aid and beach management skills. Whilst this might sound daunting – its easier than you think – and we’ll support you through every step of the process!
Step 1 – Become a member
Step one is to get in touch with us, fill out a membership form or sign up as an active member of St Kilda Life Saving Club. If you have any questions about joining Contact Us.
|Active Patrolling – Bronze Medallion||
||Abide by Club’s Code of Conduct at all timesParticipate in at least 4 Patrol shifts (at least one of which is a public holiday)Maintain Bronze Medallion qualification including annual requalification|
|Award Members (for Active Members who provide complimentary services to patrols eg First aid officer, Radio Operator)||
||Abide by Club’s Code of Conduct at all timesParticipate in at least 4 Patrol shifts (at least one of which is a public holiday)Maintain your Award qualification including annual requalification (if required)|
(Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) award 13 – 15 years)
||Abide by Club’s Code of Conduct at all timesParticipate in at least 4 Patrol shifts (at least one of which is a public holiday)Maintain SRC qualification including annual requalification|
Ready to sign up? You can sign up to be a lifesaver online at https://sls.com.au/join/
Step 2 – Sign up for (or requalify) your Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) or Bronze Medallion
Bronze Medallion Prerequisites:
- Be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment
- Have completed a 400 metre swim in nine minutes unaided (goggles/mask permitted), in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water
The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. This is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia.
Surf Rescue Certificate (for 13 – 15 years)
If you are not 15 years of age or over you will qualify to complete your Surf Rescue Certificate or SRC. This is a similar course to the Bronze Medallion but suited to younger lifesavers.
Surf Rescue Certificate Prerequisites
- be at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment
- have completed a 200 metre swim in five (5) minutes or less, unaided (goggles/mask permitted), in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water
For more information about upcoming courses see our calendar for course dates.
Step 3 – Get your Working with Childrens Check (WWC) (18+)
All lifesavers must hold a current Working with Childrens Check or WWC. These are easy and straightforward to obtain and you can get a form at most post offices or online.
To learn more about obtaining a working with childrens check see http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
Step 4 – Get your patrol dates
St Kilda Life Saving Club will do our best to allocate patrol that suit your availability throughout the season. Active members are expected to complete 4 regular patrol days and 1 public holiday or special event throughout the year.