Course Details

Community Surf Rescue Certificate

Upcoming Courses

NameDateTimeLocationAvailable SpacesCostSingle Enrol
Community Surf Rescue Certificate16 December 202309:00 am – 01:00 pmKangaroo Island – Kingscote Tidal Pool12$200.00
Community Surf Rescue Certificate4 February 202408:00 am – 12:00 pmGlenelg Surf Life Saving Club8$200.00


Candidates will be taught and assessed on performing rescues‚ identifying dangers, signals and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). There will also be a 100m Run, 100m Swim, 100m Run which must be performed in less than 5 minutes. This course includes online assessments which cover Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Participate in an aquatic rescue operation, surf awareness and signals. The Community Surf Rescue Certificate is recognised by the Department for Education as a minimum requirement to supervise children around open water aquatic activities. This certificate needs to be updated every 12 months by completing the Community Surf Rescue Certificate Update course.

Target Audience:

  • Be at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment

Learning Outcomes:

  • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • PUASAR013 Participate in an aquatic rescue operation

Learning Methods:

Special Needs and LLN Reasonable Adjustment

Surf Life Saving SA recognises that students participating in its training courses may have varying learning styles and support requirements. These may include but are not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy concerns, or abilities. Students with any special needs are requested to contact us prior to registering for a course to discuss suitable arrangements.


Participants will be assessed individually and in group activities. 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.

Please note as of 1st September 2022 the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) have advised Registered Training Organisations that training and assessment activities undertaken during First Aid and CPR courses will revert to pre-COVID conditions. This means learners will be required to demonstrate rescue breathing techniques on manikins and not simulate such skills to the side of the manikin as previously allowed during the pandemic.  Learners will not have the opportunity to request an exemption from providing rescue breaths if they wish to gain a competent result in the Unit of Competency and/or qualification.
Participants must also be able to complete the following physical elements:
  • Complete an unaided run (100m), swim (100m), run (100m) in five (5) minutes or less.
  • Complete five (5) successful rounds of CPR on an adult manikin on the floor.
  • Complete five (5) successful rounds of CPR on an infant manikin on a firm surface.
  • Perform rescues with and without equipment.
  • Demonstrate hand signals.

Program Benefits:

  • The full course Certificate is valid for three years.


  • Surf awareness
  • Rescue techniques
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Communications
  • Teamwork