In order to become a patrol member, compete and gain other qualifications you first need to gain the 'Surf Lifeguard Award' (formerly known as the Bronze Award). You'll also need to be over 14 and able to swim.
Our instructors will take you through a structured training programme consisting of theory and practical sessions. In these sessions you will cover surf skills, basic first aid, rescue techniques, risk management and more. To help you with your training we also offer -
- Swim training sessions every Monday from 7:00pm till 8:00pm at the West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre
- Swim coaching and fitness training also on Monday 7:00pm-8:00pm at Kelston Girls Highschool
- 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
Once your training is completed you will be ready to sit the 'Surf Lifeguard Award'. To acheive this you will need to complete the following -
- Timed 400m pool swim (to be completed in under 9 minutes)
- Perform a tube rescue in a pool environment
- Theory test (you must be over 14 on the date of test to complete)
- Demonstrate competence in CPR, First Aid, using a Surf radio and signal flags
- Perform a 200m run, 200m swim, 200m run at a West Coast beach
- Perform a tube rescue in the surf environment
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.