Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

New & Current Members: registrations close 14th January

Course Dates

All training is postponed until further notice

This course is usually run in conjunction with the Bronze Medallion Course. Click the register here button for dates.


Candidates must be a financial surf life saving member and at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment. Must be have completed a 200 metre swim in five (5) minutes or less, unaided (goggles/mask permitted), in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities. This will be assessed on the first day of the course.

How you will learn

The Surf Rescue Certificate is designed to be delivered using a blended learning approach. This means that you will learn using a variety of methods including face-to-face learning (in the classroom, on the beach and in the water) and self-paced learning (completed in your own time).

What's Covered

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. 

This course is recommended for SLS members who wish to perform the role of SLS water safety personnel (the SRC is the minimum water safety qualification for Junior Activity supervision) and/or take on a lifesaving cadetship and join a life saving patrol.

Course outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge of the surf environment including hazards and surf conditions;

  • Apply surf skills and techniques for self-survival in the water while negotiating prevailing surf conditions with or without a flotation device;

  • Prepare for and respond to a rescue with appropriate rescue and personal protective equipment;

  • Participate in assessing a rescue scene;

  • Safely perform a rescue using appropriate equipment and rescue techniques while following Surf Life Saving procedures;

  • Conclude rescue operations in line with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;

  • Safely use Surf Life Saving communications systems and radio equipment to support communications consistent with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;

  • Apply fault-finding techniques and maintain Surf Life Saving radio equipment;

  • Respond to an emergency situation requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);

  • Perform a primary victim assessment including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED);

  • Accurately report and convey incident details to emergency response services while maintaining confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and Surf Life Saving policies.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with the SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate. You will also receive the following nationally recognised units of competency, some of which may be recognised as prior learning for the PUA20119 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue):

PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment

PUASAR012 Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills

PUASAR013 Participate in an aquatic rescue operation

HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Further details about each of the above mentioned nationally recognised units of competency and certificate are available on the Australian Government’s website.


Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.