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.
Offshore Rescue Boats (ORB’s) play a key role when it comes to protecting beachgoers and rescuing swimmers in distress. They are advanced emergency response vessels, carrying state-of-the-art rescue, lifesaving and medical equipment. Unlike the majority of other rescue craft, their primary specialty is search and rescue, with a strong emphasis on first aid and basic medical response and assistance.
There are numerous positions available and required on each ORB patrol, with lifesavers able to pursue a range of roles including that of a Crewmember, Driver and Skipper. Each role has its own unique set of challenges, responsibilities, opportunities and training requirements.
ORB crew members must:
ORB Drivers must:
ORB skippers must:
ORB Crew member training is competency-based, with a wide range of elements and basic seamanship covered across training.
ORB Driver training is a skills-based assessment, requiring operators to be able to drive the ORB and operate within SLSQ’s standard operating procedures.
ORB Skipper training provides applicants with a strong understanding of the general operations of the ORB, basic seamanship, navigation and boat operations, along with advanced driving skills.
All levels of the ORB Courses will cover:
The ORB Drivers Course will cover:
The ORB Skippers Course will cover:
The progression from an ORB Crew is to undertake the training to become the Driver and Skipper.
Other rescue craft to consider further training in would be Jet Rescue Boat roles.
There is also the potential to consider applying for volunteer positions at the state level such as the State Operations Support Officer, or on specialist panels.
Deckhand on a commercial vessel
Ship Captain for commercial vessels. This will allow you to log sea hours and can be used for any MSQ level of Commercial Operators Endorsement.