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 lifesaving water event requires a dedicated and well-trained team of water safety officials working behind the scenes. As part of the water safety team at an event/activity, you will work closely with officials, water safety supervisors, Junior Activities Coordinators and/or first aid officers to ensure the safety of all members and participants when entering the water. During sports carnivals, IRB water safety officers can also act as judges, adjusting cans if and when required, and maintaining watch on all competitors in the water.
Applicants are required to hold a current Blue Card and the relevant qualifications to suit the type of role they will be undertaking as part of the water safety team. These may include SLSA Bronze Medallion/Surf Rescue Certificates, IRB Crewman’s Certificate or an IRB Driver’s Certificate.
Specific training and induction relevant to the role will be provided to all successful applicants to ensure they are confident and qualified to perform their roles.
There are opportunities to nominate for event water safety at state, national and international carnivals. You may also want to take on the role of Water Safety Supervisor in charge of nipper safety during weekday and weekend activity sessions.
A natural progression from Event Water Safety is to upskill your qualifications and become and Official.
You can apply your water safety skills at various other community events and sporting festivals.