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.
Trained in beach management, Patrol Captains will lead a team of volunteer lifesavers with varying skills and experiences. This role requires highly motivated and responsible Patrol Captains to make real time commands and control decisions in an emergency situation. You need to be a people manager who ensures that rescue and beach operations are successfully completed in the most efficient and safe manner.
Patrol Captains will encourage and mentor in-experienced lifesavers through the various roles on patrol and into further training and education to ensure that all team members are appropriately equipped and up skilled should an emergency situation arise.
CAITLIN - PATROL CAPTAIN
Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years old on day of course commencement.
There is no maximum age, however the following requirements for Patrol Captain are in place:
Candidates will undergo a 1 day course in Basic Beach Management which equips the candidate to be an entry level beach manager and team leader. Course facilitators will lead the candidates through theory components and practical based scenarios.
Upon completion of the course the following Nationally Recognised Units will be awarded to Patrol Captains:
These units form part of the Nationally Recognised qualification PUA31312: Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue).