• 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

Team Manager

Take the reins and manage a team of nippers or senior athletes as they go for gold in competition.

A Team Manager is responsible for the team from the time they depart for a competition until they return back home. It is essential that you have great time management and organisational skills and are able to effectively oversee the safety and well-being of all team members. You are also responsible for attending official meetings to ensure that all athletes and coaches are kept up-to-date with scheduling, requirements and competition changes at carnivals.

In the role of a Team Manager you will also look after aspects of the budget, sponsorship, fundraising, team uniform, equipment, transport, and team catering.

"When you join surf life saving, you join one big happy family. I've got friends throughout Australia now."

AMANDA

Requirements

All team managers must be:

  • a minimum of 18 years old; a current surf life saving member; and
  • hold a valid Blue Card.

It is also recommended that you have a detailed knowledge of the current Surf Sports Manual and Surf Life Saving policies. Outside of this, the only requirement is a passion and willingness to give back and help others reach their best in the sport.

 

Training

 

As a Team Manager you have a number of key ethical and legal responsibilities which will assist you in managing teams. The SLSA Team Managers Guide will assist you with taking on this role and all that it entails including:

  • Member safety and well-being
  • Working with people under 18 years of age
  • Code of Fair Play
  • Alcohol and Anti-Doping
  • Visits and tours policy.

You also are required to have a detailed knowledge of the rules and relevant policies of surf lifesaving and facilitate the process for:

  • Protests and appeals
  • Disciplinary hearings
  • Substitutions and changes to entries.

 

Further Opportunites

The next step to challenge yourself would be to sit on the Club Committee as the Surf Sports Representative or complete your Foundation Coaching course and help train future lifesavers across the different disciplines in lifesaving.

There is also the opportunity to take on the Team Manager role at various levels including branch, regional/state and national. You could also upskill your current qualifications and gain further awards including but not limited to, First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation, Radio Operator, Pain Management and many more.

Career Pathways

Paid roles for national sporting teams

Opportunities

Foundation Coach
Director of Surf Sports
Patrol Member - Advanced Resuscitation
Patrol Member - Radio Operator
Patrol Member - Pain Management