Have you or the person you’re signing up on behalf of (e.g. your child) been a member of a surf club or surf life saving organisation within the last two years?
Life Saving Victoria has 57 Life Saving Clubs spanning the Victorian coastline from Portland all the way to Mallacoota.
Click here to find the contact details of your local Life Saving Club.
What We Do
The primary mission of Victorian Life Saving Clubs is to provide a safe and enjoyable aquatic experience for all visitors to our beaches. Over the summer period (usually the end November through to Easter) Life Saving Clubs provide volunteer beach patrols at over 50 Victorian beaches on weekends and public holidays. As a patrolling member of a Life Saving Club you will play an important role in the provision of this vital community service.
Victoria’s coastline and inland waterways are unique and their recreational opportunities endless. Life Saving Victoria is keen to ensure that all visitors are aware of their own abilities and the potential dangers at the beach. Life Saving Clubs train volunteer lifesavers in aquatic rescue and resuscitation techniques as well as offering water safety education to the general beach going public.
Lifesaving is able to offer volunteers:
- Aquatic Education and Training
- Membership Development, Growth and Support
- Youth and Leadership Development
- Skills and Fitness
Life Saving Clubs are equipped with up-to-date and well maintained equipment, ensuring that members have access to the latest rescue techniques and aids.
A number of Life Saving Clubs in Victoria offer 24 hour emergency support services in partnership with other community emergency services for handling aquatic incidents.
Why We Need You
Life Saving Victoria needs you to ensure the ongoing safety of our beaches. Our vital community service is provided free to the beach going public thanks to thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to training, patrolling and volunteering at their local Life Saving Club. Your membership is an investment in your safety as well as the safety and well being of all Victorians.
You Can Make A Difference
Joining a Life Saving Club is a unique and rewarding experience that can ultimately change your life and the lives of the Victorian beach going public. One day someone may be drowning or hurt and you will be the one with the skills necessary to help. Life Saving Clubs harness the strength of local communities and turn everyday people into everyday lifesavers which are highly respected and recognised within the wider community. Lifesaving is a great opportunity to learn new skills, build friendships, be part of a great Australian icon, and ultimately ensure a safe beach environment is enjoyed by all.
How To Become A Lifesaver
Lifesaving is an activity for all ages. The minimum age to become an active lifesaver is 13 years of age. The two main lifesaving awards and their prerequisites are:
Surf Rescue Certificate
- Be a minimum of 13 years of age on the date of the final assessment
- Have completed a 200 metre swim in five minutes in a pool or open water
Surf Lifesaving Bronze Medallion / Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) PUA 21010
Where applicable this course is delivered with the assistance of Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.
- Be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment
- Have completed a 400 metre swim in nine minutes in a pool or open water
Most Life Saving Clubs run Bronze Medallion camps, usually in November/December each year. The camps generally are designed as a live-in training environment.
Clubs also deliver training to suit schools, community groups and individuals, with the focus on ease of delivery and catering to the individuals/groups availability.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
Life Saving Victoria offers opportunities for all and is actively seeking volunteers in numerous areas of the organisation. Members are not limited to active lifesaving as clubs offer a variety of skilled opportunities in support roles such as:
- Radio Communications
- Administrative Support
- Coaching and Officiating
- CALD Specific Programs
- Water Safety Education Training (classroom and water based)
- Mentoring our Youth
- Gear and Equipment Maintenance
- Training & Assessment
Furthermore, lifesaving offers awards and certificates in:
- Resuscitation (Basic and Advanced)
- First Aid
- Powercraft Vehicles (Offshore & Inshore)
- Radio Communications
- Operations Vehicles (4WDs & ATVs)
- Administration & Financial activities
- Training & Assessment