Surf lifesaving is about having fun, being physically fit, learning teamwork and aquatic safety skills, competing in surf sports, and providing a safe beach and aquatic environment for the community.. There is a place for everyone in surf lifesaving.
Who can join SLSA?
What do I have to do to be a surf lifesaver?
The Bronze Medallion is the minimum requirement for an 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.
Before commencing training for the Bronze Medallion, you will be required to complete a 400-metre swim in nine minutes or less, in a swimming pool of no less than 25m or, over a measured open water course. Once this has been completed, qualified instructors provided by the club will train you to the level of a proficient surf lifesaver.
The Bronze Medallion provides you with the skills and knowledge to be an effective member of a patrol team.
Are there any other ways I can join SLSA without doing a Bronze Medallion?
Yes. SLSA offers a wide range of awards to its members and the community.
For example, by gaining basic awards in radio operations, you can assist with patrol observation and communication duties without having to perform water-based rescues.
If you are less than 15 years of age, you can obtain a Surf Rescue Certificate. Probationary surf lifesavers can achieve this award from the age of 13. The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation plus, a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness.
If you are looking for a way to entertain your children during the summer season then enroll them in our Nippers program. The Manly Junior Life Saving Club Activities Program is for children aged between 5 and 14 years and provides basic surf skills.
So how do I join?
Go to our courses page for information on when the next training starts.