Successful life saving is accomplished through volunteer lifesavers having specific, relevant and up-to-date training and education. Lifesavers apply their knowledge and skills to provide the community with a service of prevention and protection. It is for this reason that the North Coast Branch places a high priority on member training and education.

The education portfolio provides introductory, standard and advanced training in the use of life saving techniques, equipment and advanced emergency care resources. This knowledge and training enhances the lifesavers’ ability to provide support to the community whilst also developing their own skills.

From just the young age of 10, a lifesaver-in-training can gain their Resuscitation Certificate. From there, the basic level of education needed to become a patrolling member is the Surf Rescue Certificate (from age 13) and the Bronze Medallion (from age 15).

Members can then choose to advance their education, skills and participation pathways within the club by gaining any number of awards through the completion of nationally recognised courses.

The North Coast Branch offers training to its members through three levels:

Club Run Courses: Resuscitation, Radio Operator, Surf Rescue Certificate, Bronze Medallion/Cert II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue), Inflatable Rescue Boat Crewman and Silver Medallion IRB Driver;

Branch Facilitated Courses:  First Aid, Advance Resuscitation Techniques, Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue, Silver Medallion Beach Management;

State Run Courses:  Training Officers Course. Other courses when funding becomes available.

All courses delivered are nationally accredited which provides opportunities for the knowledge and skills gained through life saving to be used for securing or maintaining employment outside of the life saving movement.

All patrol members and surf life saving competitors are required to complete an annual skills maintenance (formerly known as proficiency) at the start of each season. This is a skills refresher, not a test, and covers all requirements set out by Surf Life Saving NSW.

Trainers, Assessors and Facilitators (TAFs) are members who choose to further upskill and dedicate their time to provide training and education to new and existing members.

Available Courses

The North Coast Branch offers its members a range of life saving awards through volunteer trainers, assessors and facilitators (TAFs) from each of our eight Clubs. Some awards are required to perform certain roles within a club whilst others are aimed at providing further development opportunities for our volunteers.

Through the SLSNSW Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) (Member Education and Training) we maintain a high standard of quality and uphold compliance with the VET Quality Framework. SLSNSW is a Registered Training Organisation.

To find out about the educational pathways to becoming a lifesaver (or any number of roles within your local Surf Club) visit Surf Life Saving Australia for an interactive matrix to suit your needs.

To view all the details about education pathways within Surf Life Saving, click here.

To see upcoming courses being held in your Club or Branch, visit the Education Calendar.

Education Calendar

The Education Calendar provides an overview of the season’s educational offerings at both Club and Branch level. Each entry on the calendar will include full details of the course along with a registration form if you’d like to enroll. You can also import events to your own calendar so you never miss a session.

For upcoming courses please visit the Education Calendar.

Become a Trainer / Assessor

If you have experience in education or training, or are keen to pass on your knowledge of life saving, why not enquire about joining your Club’s Education Team.

Surf Life Saving has three key roles for volunteers involved in member training:

  • Trainers teach the skills and knowledge of our courses but do not make assessment decisions. Trainers must hold a Training Officer Certificate, the award in which they wish to train and train a minimum of two courses to be signed off by a mentor;
  • Assessors are responsible for assessing candidates once they have the skills and knowledge required, but cannot train and assess the same candidates. Assessors must hold an Assessor Certificate, the award they wish to assess and assess a minimum of two courses to be signed off.
  • Facilitators are able to train and assess the same candidates for any one course. Facilitators must hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, the award they wish to facilitate and be signed off by the Director of Education and SLSNSW.

If you are interested in joining your Education Team, speak to your Club’s Chief Training Officer or Branch Director of Education about the current opportunities and local training needs.

For more information about pursuing a role as a TAF, click here.