Surf Rescue Certificate

The Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) is the minimum requirement for members to volunteer at a gateway level as surf lifesavers. It allows youth aged 13 and 14 (not yet old enough to complete Bronze) to become certified to participate in surf lifesaving patrols. The SRC course requires candidates to demonstrate basic first aid skills, identify potential risks and perform surf rescues of different varieties in an open water environment.

Key Course Outcomes:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • SLSA signals
  • Risk Assessment analysis
  • Recognise appropriate safe beach zones
  • Various rescues techniques including tube and board rescues
  • 100m run / 100m swim / 100m run (5 minute time limit)
  • 200m swim recognisable stroke (5 minute time limit)


Candidates will be required to complete fitness components, role-plays, oral questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.


Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive the Surf Rescue Certificate. The certificate is recognised by SLSA to participate in lifesaving operations and act in the role of Water Safety Personnel.


One (1) year from date of course. Proficiency sessions will be provided each year by the club.


  • Be a financial member of an SLS club
  • Be at least 13 years of age on the final assessment date
  • Complete an unaided swim of 200 m 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. Evidence of this must be provided to the assessor prior to commencement of the assessment for these units of competency/this SLSA award.


  • Online theory (8 hours)
  • Face-to-face (8 hours)
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Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club acknowledges the traditional owners, the Whadjuk People of the Noongar Nation, of the beach on which we work and play. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and are grateful for their continuing connection to the land, sea and sky.