Course Details

Community Surf Rescue Certificate

Upcoming Courses

Name Date Time Location Available Spaces Cost Single Enrol Group Enrol
Community Surf Rescue Update 24 October 2020 09:30 am – 11:30 am Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club 20 $50.00
Community Surf Rescue Update 7 November 2020 09:30 am – 11:30 am Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club 25 $50.00
Community Surf Rescue Update 7 November 2020 09:30 am – 11:30 am Port Vincent 25 $50.00

The Surf Rescue Certificate is a flexible course that is offered by Surf Life Saving Clubs to their junior lifesavers and can be tailored for a school program. The aim of the course is to provide participants with the knowledge of basic surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. This course is also the minimum water safety qualification for Junior Activity supervision. ​

This is NOT suitable for Surf Lifesaving SA/NT Members as they need a patrolling specific Surf Rescue Certificate.



Candidates will be taught and assessed on performing rescues, identifying dangers, resuscitation, basic first aid and supervision skills. There will also be a 100m Run, 100m Swim, 100m Run which must be performed in less than 5 minutes and a theory workbook to be completed. This certificate is recognised by the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) as a minimum requirement to supervise children around open water aquatic activities.

Target Audience:

  • Be at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • (Full course only) Current First Aid Certificate

Learning Outcomes:

  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

Learning Methods:

Special Needs and LLN Reasonable Adjustment

Surf Life Saving SA/NT recognises that students participating in its training courses may have special
needs. These may include but are not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities. Students with special needs should contact us prior to enrolment to discuss their needs.


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.
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

Program Benefits:


  • Surf awareness
  • Rescue techniques (boards/rescue tubes)
  • Resuscitation (CPR)
  • First aid
  • Communications
  • Radio operations
  • Standard patrol practices
  • Team work
  • Improve fitness