This is the minimum requirement for a surf lifesaver. The holder of this award is over the age of 15 years and has proved proficient in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology.
All members are required to complete a 400 metre swim in 9 minutes or less, in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres or over a measured, open-water, course. Once this competency is completed, all clubs provide qualified instructors who will train you to the level of a proficient lifesaver. All you need to do is have the right attitude and commitment to training and anyone is capable of becoming a surf lifesaver.
At the completion of their training, a candidate’s physical fitness is tested by a 200 metre run – 200 metre swim – 200 metre run (run/swim/run) in under 8 minutes. A pool swim of 400 metres is to be completed in under 9 minutes; simulated rescues using a rescue board and tube. All these skills combine to train candidates to be an effective member of a patrol team tasked with providing a safe beach and aquatic environment.