• Club President and Financial Services Manager. This is Kaitlyn Akers lifesaving pathway.
  • Gary Ferriera is a Rescue Water Craft Operator and member of the Australian Defence Force.
  • Firefighter and Sports Official. This is Simon Johnstone's pathway.
  • Chief Training Officer & Helicopter Crewman. This is Andrew McNeilly.
Find YourPathway

FIND YOUR PATHWAY

There’s a role for everyone in Surf Life Saving, and the experiences and opportunities that you’ll face each day are never the same.

The skills you learn along the way will not only save lives and help the community, but potentially put you on the pathway to places you never thought possible.

You will also meet people from all walks of life, form lifelong friendships and have fun along the way.

We save lives, and we change lives.

Find your pathway.

About Pathways

 

ABOUT PATHWAYS

Have you ever thought about becoming a surf lifesaver? Or perhaps you’re already a member and would like to know what other opportunities are available to you within the movement?

Each and every year, thousands of men, women and young adults across the state line up to patrol Queensland’s coastline, providing a vital community service and saving thousands of lives in the process.

However, off the beach and behind the scenes, there are literally hundreds of other jobs and opportunities available to those who aren’t confident in the water or don’t want to get their feet wet. Whether it’s a surf sports coach, a club treasurer, a BBQ coordinator or a junior activities age manager, there’s a role for everyone in surf life saving.

Importantly, becoming a surf lifesaver also offers many opportunities both within and outside of the movement.

There is an almost endless scope of lifesaving-related careers available to members, the likes of taking up a medical profession or joining the Defence Force or other emergency services, and many of these doors are opened and supported by the skills learnt during your time as a surf lifesaver.

The Pathways project is all about showcasing the opportunities that lifesaving opens up to all, regardless of age, gender, shape or size. We’ve used real volunteers to share real stories about their involvement within the movement – how it’s shaped them personally, and benefited them professionally.

Whether you’re a new member, current member or a lifesaver returning after a few years’ break, we encourage you to look through the countless opportunities that are available for you to pursue, both on and off the beach. It might just put you on the pathway to a place you never imagined.

ARE YOU A LIFESAVER?

If you are already involved in surf lifesaving, find new pathways based on your current role.  If you are new to surf lifesaving, you can explore all the roles and opportunities available by choosing an area of interest.

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Find your current role to discover where surf lifesaving can lead you OR enter an area of interest to explore other possibilities within surf lifesaving.

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WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

Select an area of interest, such as patrol member, to find out more information. 

Entry roles
Nipper
Observer
Patrol Member – Bronze
Patrol Member – First Aid
Patrol Member – Radio Operator
Patrol Member – Resuscitation
Patrol Member – Surf Rescue Certificate
Junior Activities (Nippers) roles
Age Manager
Canteen and BBQ Coordinator
Chaperone
Club Photographer
Fundraising Coordinator
Gear Steward
Junior Activities Chairperson
Junior Registrar
Uniform Officer
Water Safety
Water Safety Supervisor
Operations Support (Jet ski, helicopters, rescue boats, etc.) roles
Duty Officer
Helicopter Crew
Offshore Rescue Boat
Peer Support Officer
Rescue Water Craft Operator
SurfCom Operator
Sports roles
Chaperone
Club Photographer
Development Coach
Event First Aid
Foundation Coach
High Performance Coach
Performance Coach
Sports Official
Sports Official – Level 2
Sports Official – Level 3
Surf Sport Athlete
Team Manager
Water Safety
Club Management roles
Chief Training Officer
Club Administrator
Club Captain
Club President
Club Secretary
Club Treasurer
Deputy President
Director of Lifesaving
Director of Surf Sports
Junior Club Captain
Youth & Membership Development Officer
Further Education roles
Assessor
Community Awareness Presenter
Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew
Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver
Lifeguard
Patrol Captain
Patrol Member – Advanced Resuscitation
Patrol Member – Pain Management
Patrol Member – Spinal Management
Trainer
Entry roles
Nipper
Observer
Patrol Member – Bronze
Patrol Member – First Aid
Patrol Member – Radio Operator
Patrol Member – Resuscitation
Patrol Member – Surf Rescue Certificate
Junior Activities (Nippers) roles
Age Manager
Canteen and BBQ Coordinator
Chaperone
Club Photographer
Fundraising Coordinator
Gear Steward
Junior Activities Chairperson
Junior Registrar
Uniform Officer
Water Safety
Water Safety Supervisor
Operations Support (Jet ski, helicopters, rescue boats, etc.) roles
Duty Officer
Helicopter Crew
Offshore Rescue Boat
Peer Support Officer
Rescue Water Craft Operator
SurfCom Operator
Sports roles
Chaperone
Club Photographer
Development Coach
Event First Aid
Foundation Coach
High Performance Coach
Performance Coach
Sports Official
Sports Official – Level 2
Sports Official – Level 3
Surf Sport Athlete
Team Manager
Water Safety
Club Management roles
Chief Training Officer
Club Administrator
Club Captain
Club President
Club Secretary
Club Treasurer
Deputy President
Director of Lifesaving
Director of Surf Sports
Junior Club Captain
Youth & Membership Development Officer
Further Education roles
Assessor
Community Awareness Presenter
Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew
Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver
Lifeguard
Patrol Captain
Patrol Member – Advanced Resuscitation
Patrol Member – Pain Management
Patrol Member – Spinal Management
Trainer

Lifeguard

Turn your passion for the beach and assisting the community into paid employment as a professional lifeguard.

To maintain supervision and safety of a designated lifesaving patrol area within a designated bathing reserve, provide advice on safety to visitors and to perform rescues, first aid and resuscitation as required.

"When I joined the fire service, I am sure they looked favourably on my volunteering work."

SIMON – OFFICIAL

Requirements

Applicants must be a minimum of:

  • 17 years of age to become a lifeguard at lagoons and Wide Bay Capricorn beaches
  • 18 years of age to become a lifeguard at all other locations.

Lifeguards must also hold the following nationally-accredited certificates:

  • current, proficient Bronze Medallion (Certificate II in Public Safety)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Advanced Resuscitation Certificate or Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
  • Spinal Management (desired)
  • Blue Card (or ability to obtain).

The Lifeguard fitness test applies to all lifeguards and you must be capable of completing the following at all times:

  • Fitness: 400m swim x 800m run x 400m board paddle x 800m run, in under 23 minutes on an ocean course
  • Swim: 800m pool swim in under 14 minutes (minimum pool length is 25 metres)
  • Patient recovery: 100m tube rescue of a patient out to sea and return (optional flippers) and 200m board rescue of a patient out to sea and return

Training

Candidates will complete a lifeguard induction.

This Course Covers

  • Induction to Australian Lifeguard Service Queensland and local patrol sites
  • Rescue Water Craft (RWC) course – how to safely operate an RWC
  • ATV and/or 4WD course – location dependent
  • Beach management
  • Spinal management

Nationally Recognised Units

The following Nationally Recognised units will be awarded to lifeguards:

  • PUA21012: Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • HLTAID003: Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID007: Provide Advanced Resuscitation
  • PUAEME004A: Provide emergency care for suspected spinal
  • PUAOPE027A: Undertake beach safety management activities

Further Opportunites

If you wish to push your lifesaving skills to the next level, a natural progression for lifeguard is to the awards of Pain Management, Silver Medallion (Aquatic Rescue) or Advanced First Aid.

Career Pathways

Opportunities

Patrol Member - Pain Management