Become A Surf Lifesaver
Being involved in surf lifesaving provides a rewarding experience with the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and contribute to making the beach a safe place for all. Stockton Beach is patrolled by volunteer surf lifesavers between the hours of 9am until 5pm every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from September- April each year. When you become a surf lifesaver at Stockton, you are trained & equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to save a life.
In order to become a surf lifesaver you need to complete your SLSA Bronze Medallion and Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue). Stockton Surf Life Saving Club conducts these courses and hosts the examination days for the entire Hunter Branch.
There is no prior learning required for full course enrolments, however we recommend a medium level of aquatic fitness be required for some practical components of the Bronze Medallion.
Elements Of Becoming A Surf Lifesaver
Safe water practices; survival in the water; self-preservation; recognising an emergency; assessment before and during a rescue; priorities for rescue; CPR theory; acceptance of responsibility; use of bystanders; emergency care and contacting emergency services.
- Resuscitation: Demonstrate effective CPR
- Swim: Swim 400 metres continuously within 13 minutes. 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m survival backstroke, 100m sidestroke.
- Survival and Rescue Skills: Demonstrate a range of survival techniques and appropriate rescues for a range of different aquatic environments and scenarios.
- Spinal Injuries: Basic management of a suspected spinal injury in shallow water.
- Rescue Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of two people who are in difficulty up to 15 metres from safety.
Once You Have Become A Surf Lifesaver
Once you have completed your Bronze Medallion Training and have been deemed competent, you will be assigned to one of our patrol groups.
Depending on the member numbers, each patrol group is scheduled a patrol (usually one each month) and it will either be in the morning starting at 9am including setting up or in the afternoon starting at 1pm including packing away.
Members of each patrol group are expected to attend their patrol in full uniform and carry out patrolling duties as designated by the patrol captain and in line with your current surf life saving qualifications.
The Benefits of Membership With Stockton Include
– use of the clubhouse and function centre at member discounted rates;
– supplied patrol uniforms and use of the club’s craft (for active members);
– access to training and examinations for Surf Lifesaving Australia awards;
– expert coaching in all facets of surf competition disciplines and
– most importantly a great social network!!
The Club’s gym is situated on the ground floor of the building of the club house. It offers a variety of equipment including two concept rowing machines, a kayak ergometer, bench press, chin ps, dip bar, combination machine as well as a wide range of barbells and dumbells. Members wishing to join the gym please refer to the members registration page for further information and costings.
All of the Club’s equipment such as boats, surf ski’s, boards and inflatable rescue boats are securely stored in purpose built rooms.
So Become A Surf Lifesaver Today
If you would like to become a Surf Lifesaver at Stockton Surf Life Saving Club, click the button below to join as a member.
Alternatively contact Pierre Thomas email@example.com ( Director of Lifesaving) or to enquire about education course availability, please view our events calendar and/or contact Willow Forsyth firstname.lastname@example.org (Director of Education).
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