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.
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.
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.
Select an area of interest, such as patrol member, to find out more information.
Every surf sports competition needs a dedicated and well-trained team of officials. Much like any sport, umpire or referee, the role of a Surf Sports Official is to act as an impartial and balanced judge across all competition and fulfil obligations with accuracy, consistency, objectivity and a high sense of integrity. Without officials, there’d be no surf sports competition!
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To become a fully-qualified Level 1 Surf Sports Official, you must:
At a minimum, Surf Sport Officials must hold a Level 1 Surf Sports Official Certificate. This training will give you the skills and knowledge to effectively carry out your duties and assist in making surf sport carnivals a fun and safe environment for competitors and spectators alike.
The course includes a four hour theory session, two practical sessions and a third party assessment.
Training encompasses a range of elements, including:
Upon completion of a Level 1 Surf Sport Official Certificate, you will have opportunities for continuing education and training, including Level 2 Official and Level 3 Official courses. With further training, officials can also progress through a pathway to Chief Judge, Sectional Referee, Deputy Referee and Carnival Referee.
There is also the opportunity to take on committee positions within your club or at the branch or state level.