About Surf Lifesavers And Lifeguards

What is the difference between a surf lifesaver and lifeguard?

Surf lifesavers are trained volunteers who patrol our beaches on weekends and public holidays during the peak school holiday and summer season (September – May). In comparison, lifeguards are paid professionals who provide beach safety services to local government or other land managers (such as resorts, lagoons or amusement park operators). Generally speaking, lifeguards patrol seven days a week, however, this depends on location. For further information about SLSQ’s lifeguards, please visit http://lifesaving.com.au/australian-lifeguard-service

How do I become a volunteer surf lifesaver?

The first step is to contact your local surf club and find out more about the club and what courses they are offering. The Bronze Medallion is the minimum requirement for a fully qualified active surf lifesaver. To obtain this award you must be over the age of 15 and demonstrate proficiency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology. For further information about getting involved, please visit http://lifesaving.com.au/membership/get-involved

How do I become a lifeguard?

If you love helping people, like an outdoor life and have strong surf rescue and resuscitation skills, then becoming a lifeguard could be for you. Lifeguards must hold a minimum of a nationally recognised senior first aid, Advanced Resuscitation and Bronze Medallion (or equivalent) and complete a minimum fitness requirement. Visit our employment opportunities page for more information.

Why do lifesavers wear red and yellow caps?

All qualified surf lifesavers wear the internationally recognised safety colours of red and yellow, making our members highly visible and easily accessible to provide advice and assistance to the bathing public. The patrol uniform comprises of a long sleeved shirt, red shorts, swimming costume and the distinctive red and yellow quartered cap.

I would like to get involved, but I am not a strong swimmer. Can I still volunteer?

Absolutely! Anyone can join the surf lifesaving movement, and there are still plenty of positions that won’t require you to get your toes wet. You could be a coach, official, fundraiser, committee member, a radio operator and the list goes on. As long as you have a positive attitude, you’ve got what it takes! For further information about joining SLSQ, please visit http://lifesaving.com.au/membership/get-involved.

Where is my local surf club?

There are 58 surf life saving clubs across Queensland, from Port Douglas in North Queensland down to Rainbow Bay on the southern Gold Coast. To find your local club, please visit http://www.lifesaving.com.au/clubs

I live in Brisbane. Can I still join a surf club?

Of course! Anyone can join a surf life saving club. There are more than 20 surf clubs located across South East Queensland, on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts as well as Bribie Island, Redcliffe, Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island and Coochiemudlo Island.

Alternatively, SLSQ’s Brisbane Lifesaving Service has been developed to provide Brisbane residents with a unique opportunity to obtain the key lifesaving skills required to patrol one of south-east Queensland’s beaches.

BLS members are trained in a variety of core lifesaving skills including surf awareness, first aid and resuscitation while working towards the completion of a nationally-recognised Bronze Medallion qualification. Theory is taught in South Brisbane with members travelling to the Gold or Sunshine Coast for practical training in the surf.

For further information about BLS, please visit http://lifesaving.com.au/bls