Brisbane Lifesaving Service

Learn skills you'll have for life and more when you join Brisbane Lifesaving Service!

What is Brisbane Lifesaving Service?

Brisbane Lifesaving Service (BLS) is a ground-breaking initiative that provides Brisbane residents with the unique opportunity to learn lifesaving skills and patrol one of South-East Queensland’s beautiful beaches.

BLS members are trained in a variety of lifesaving skills including surf awareness, first aid, rescue and resuscitation.

Theory is taught locally at Surf Rescue House in South Brisbane, and members travel to the Gold Coast for practical training in the surf.

Why join the Brisbane Lifesaving Service?

Brisbane Lifesaving Service offers its members a range of personal and professional development opportunities which few other volunteer organisations can match.

As a volunteer surf lifesaver, you will become part of an iconic Australian organisation with more than 100 years of history behind it. Have fun, form new friendships and keep fit while giving back to the community and learning vital safety skills that could one day save a life – both on and off the beach.

As a BLS member, you won’t be expected or required to patrol every weekend. Rather, you’ll have the opportunity to patrol a variety of beaches and locations on a rotational basis at your convenience across the summer season.

Want to learn how to save a life?

Brisbane Lifesaving provides members with various opportunities to learn how to save a life, these opportunities include the following awards:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Surf Rescue Certificate
  • First Aid
  • Radio Operator
  • Advanced Resuscitation
  • Powercraft Operations
  • Training and Assessment

Brisbane Lifesaving offers Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificates in either an eight week course or a one week intensive course. Please note that all prospective Bronze Medallion course participants must complete a 400 metre pool swim in less than nine minutes before surf training commences.

You can patrol with Brisbane Lifesaving as a First Aid and Radio Officer. To obtain your First Aid Certificate you must complete a one day course which is run fortnightly at Surf Rescue House, South Brisbane.

The membership fee is $170 and this includes your swimwear, training wet shirt, BLS polo shirt, full surf lifesaving patrol uniform and all training materials.




When is the next Bronze Medallion/Surf Rescue Certificate course?

6-8 Week Course: January 2019

If you are interested in completing a course, please contact Surf Life Saving Queensland on (07) 3846 8000 or via email

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