Anyone can participate in Surf Life Saving and club membership offers many different opportunities. Our primary function is to provide a safe beach environment for the public but whether you want to get a qualification and participate in patrols, compete at carnivals, coach, get your kids involved in nippers or simply join to support the club and get involved in social activities and utilise club facilities we can offer something to suit you.
Membership is offered annually commencing from the 1st of June and ending on the 31st of May each year. Membership fees cover access to club facilities, usage of equipment (if you hold the relevant qualification) and insurance whilst you are participating in Life Saving activities. For information about joining ISLSC click here.
There are a number of different membership categories. Details of these are as follows:
1) Junior Activities Member (Nipper)
This category is for younger people aged 5-13 years who want to have fun and learn basic surf safety skills. Commonly known as “Nippers”, the program is focused on participation and fun. Activities include surf safety, surf swimming, board paddling, board rescue, beach activities, basic resuscitation and first aid. Each age group progresses through a structured surf education program which also develops skills in leadership and teamwork. The program is designed to provide an educational experience in a wide range of subjects and skills within the aquatic environment and prepares junior lifesavers for their eventual transition to patrol duties. In order to join as a Junior Activity member we require that at least 1 parent/guardian must also join the club and take out a Family membership (refer below).
2) Active Cadet Member
Cadets are between 13 and 15 years. Cadet members begin by training for the Surf Rescue Certificate, which is the minimum requirement to become a patrolling surf lifesaver. Active Cadets are the first line of being an active patrol member and are provided with on-the-job training with beach patrol duties. Upon gaining this award, Cadets will be placed on a beach patrol roster to perform beach patrols under supervision.
3) Active Junior Member
Active Juniors are those members between the age of 15 and 18 years who hold a Bronze Medallion Award. Active Juniors are involved in all areas of lifesaving and are also required to perform beach patrol duties in accordance with their membership and qualifications. Members in this membership category are also able to gain further lifesaving awards to increase their knowledge and skills including Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew Certificate, Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver, Senior First Aid and a Training Officers Certificate.
4) Active Senior Member
Active Seniors are those members over the age of 18 who hold the minimum requirement of the Bronze Medallion. Active members are also strongly encouraged to gain additional lifesaving awards to improve their lifesaving skills and knowledge e.g. Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver, Basic Beach Management Award, and other specialist awards.
An Associate Member may be any person who does not fulfill the duties of an active Member. This may include parents, siblings or spouse of an active member or supporters of the club.
6) Family Membership
Family membership includes two adults over the age of 18 and any number of children from the same family under 18 in any of the above categories. We require that all Nipper participants join as Family members.