• 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

Peer Support Officer

Use your life experience and communication skills to help fellow clubbies in their hour of need

Surf Life Saving Queensland operates in an environment which, at times, may be prone to the occurrence of traumatic events both on and off the beach. Peer Support Officers play a crucial role, offering individual and group support to SLSQ members at any stage following incidents of trauma or loss.

The focus for peer support is on enhancing the psychological wellbeing of surf life saving members. Peer Support Officers can assist when members have been involved in a critical incident which may impact negatively on their health and wellbeing.

As a Peer Support Officer, you may be called upon to provide a range of support and well-being services to fellow members in need. This may include:

  • Providing initial and first-response support to club members following a traumatic event
  • Educating fellow members on stress reactions and natural coping mechanisms and strategies
  • Assisting in the referral process to mental health professionals for further counselling if and when required
  • Stage formal psychological first aid sessions for club members (when deemed necessary).

"Surf life saving made me grow as a person, it’s given me a family. It’s taken me out of my shell & helped develop my personal skills. It's one of the best things I’ve ever done."

JAMES – SURFCOM OPERATOR

Requirements

Successful applicants must be at least 18 years of age. It is strongly recommended that applicants are able to demonstrate the following:

  • Some previous experience in a similar role
  • Exceptional communication skills, and feel comfortable providing emotional support to members when required
  • The ability to maintain member confidentiality at all times
  • A commitment to being called upon at any time following a traumatic event.

Training

The aim of the Peer Support Officer course is to provide participants with the relevant skills and training to be able to provide members with emotional support, strategies to aid the recovery process and explore healthy coping behaviours after traumatic events. This is a 2 day training course.

This Course Covers

  • Definitions of Peer Support and Chain of Events
  • Reactions to stressful events
  • Brain functions and response mechanisms
  • Limbic System
  • Stress & Anxiety Management
  • Resilience – acute and accumulative skills
  • Safety
  • Communication
  • Traumatic Triggering
  • Re-entry & ongoing support tools – exercise and health functions, self responsibilities
  • Major incident care principles
  • Practical scenarios.

Further Opportunites

Assist locally or nationally as required following incidents or traumatic events involving members.