SURF LIFE SAVING
WHAT IS LIFESAVING?
Surf Lifesaving is a volunteer community committed to preventing drowning deaths in coastal waters. A surf lifesaver is a trained volunteer that patrols our beaches on weekends and public holidays.
There are many ways in which you can get involved as a Surf Life Saving volunteer at Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club including:
Why Become a lifesaver at Currumbin SLSC?
Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club provides dedicated pathways, facilities and programs for all members to help them achieve their Surf Lifesaving and Surf Sport goals. Our members dedicate over 7000 volunteer hours each year to keeping the public safe at our beach. Becoming a Lifesaver at Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club is a fun and rewarding experience and a great opportunity to meet new friends, be a part of an iconic Australian movement and learn new skills that can help save a life on and off the beach. We are committed to developing better people that become confident and competent lifesavers who in turn benefit our members and the public.
LIFESAVING TRAINING AND AWARDS
Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club offers training and awards to members of any ability, all you need to get started is a basic swimming competency.
The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge in order to be able to participate in Surf Life Saving patrol operations. This is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia. To commence training for this award you need to be at least 15 years of age on the final assessment date and complete an unaided swim of 400 m in 9 minutes or less (goggles and masks permitted) in a swimming pool of not less than 25 m, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to you undertaking any water training or assessment activities.
Bronze Medallion teaches a range of activities in order to be able to perform all the basic requirements of a lifesaver including:
- Safety and wellbeing
- Surf awareness and skills
- Anatomy and physiology
- First aid
- Resuscitation (CPR)
- Radio communications
- Rescue techniques
- Carries and Support
- Patrol methods
- Rescue Equipment
This course provides participants with skills and knowledge of surf awareness, aquatic rescue operations and resuscitation in order to participate in lifesaving operations and act in the role of Water Safety Personnel
To commence training for this award you need to be at least 13 years of age on the final assessment date and complete an unaided swim of 200m in 5 minutes or less (goggles and masks permitted) in a swimming pool of not less than 25 m, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to you undertaking any water training or assessment activities.
If you don’t meet the requirements to obtain your Bronze Medallion, you can still assist with patrols or take part in Club activities as an Award Member.
- Radio Operator
- First Aid
- SSV Operator
- Carnival Official
- Surf Spots Coach
Once you hold a Bronze Medallion, we can assist you with gaining additional qualifications including:
- Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management
- Spinal Management
- Operational First Aid
- Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
- Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Driver
- IRB Crewperson