Interested in being a lifeguard at Bethells Beach, then read on, or alternatively come out to the patrol tower on weekends from Labour weekend to Easter.
Volunteer Lifeguards patrol from Labour weekend to Easter weekend each year. You would be placed in a patrol that is rostered on every 4 weeks (one of 4 Patrols). Each patrol has around 20 to 30 Lifeguards so there is plenty of experienced help at hand.
In order to be able to wear a uniform, patrol, compete and gain other qualifications you need to gain a Surf Lifeguard Award (formerly known as the Bronze Award). This consists of:
- Swimming 400m in less than 9 minutes in a pool
- Performing a tube rescue both in the pool and the surf
- Perform a 200m run, 200m swim, 200m run at a West Coast beach
- Be able to demonstrate competence in CPR, First Aid, using a Surf radio and signal flags
- Answer 32 out of 40 theory questions in a written test (must be over 14 on the date of the test).
This may sound like a mission but we have a structured training programme in place to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible for you to become a lifeguard:
- Free swim training sessions every Monday from 7:00pm till 8:00pm at the West Wave Aquatic Centre (lanes 3, 4 and 5 by the big screen)
- Free swim coaching and fitness training also on Monday 7:00pm-8:00pm at Kelston Girls
- A series of workshops which when combined with the manual covers all the material needed to pass the theory test
- A weekend training camp for 15 to 20 candidates is held usually in September, designed to teach you the practical side of lifesaving
- This programme has been designed so that anyone who is dedicated, committed and enthusiastic will be able to pass the exam and be wearing a red and yellow uniform
Like to know when the next Lifeguard training programme starts? - just fill out the inquiry form below OR decided to take the plunge? Just head to the membership page.