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.
As a SurfCom Operator, you will play a key role behind the scenes, liaising with on-beach lifesavers and coordinating SLSQ’s response to coastal incidents, rescues and major first aid treatments in real time. You will provide an important link to emergency services and will be responsible for liaising directly with police and ambulance officers when required. You will also take charge of monitoring activity along Queensland’s expansive coastline using state-of-the-art technology, including GPS tracking and SLSQ’s wide-reaching network of coastal surveillance cameras.
JAMES - SURFCOM OPERATOR
Successful applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age in order to commence training, and be at least 18 years of age on the date of final assessment.
In addition, SurfCom operators are required to:
Successful applicants will be trained in a variety of areas to ensure they have the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding to carry out their role as a SurfCom operator.
Upon completion of the required training, you will be awarded the following nationally-recognised units of competency:
These units form part of the eight core and three elective units required to complete a nationally-recognised Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operators).
If you wish to pursue further opportunities within SurfCom, a natural progression for many operators is to the role of SurfCom Supervisor and/or Manager.
Possible career pathways from this role include: Emergency Call Centre Operator; Air Traffic Controller; Communications Operator at the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service; Communications Officer in the Australian Defence Force; or SLSQ SurfCom Operations Coordinator.