Surf Rescue Certificate


SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)


Overview (Learning Outcomes):

The aim of the (SLSA) Surf Rescue Certificate course, is to provide younger club members who have come through the nippers ranks to help equip them with the knowledge of basic patrolling, first aid and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in life saving operations.

Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years old on the date of final assessment.

This is the minimum water safety qualification required if you wish to compete for your club, and also includes participating on patrols within your Club as well as water safety.

The following summerises the core content of the course;

  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • Surf Awareness & Skills
  • First Aid
  • Resuscitation
  • Rescue Techniques
  • Signals


Course Duration:

  • Spring & Summer Squads = approx. 8-9 weeks (depending on capability)


Course Details:

Course Starts: TBD

  • 2 x Sessions per week
  • Dry: Tuesday – Start: 18.30 – Finish: 20:00 @ Club hall
  • Wet: Sunday – Start: 9:00 – Finish: 10:30 @ Beach & Water (conditions permitting)

Sessions  will run each week with ASSESSMENT dates & venue TBC. The Assessment can take 3- 4+ hours depending on numbers and conditions.


Time Commitment:

  • 4-5 hours per week



  • Candidates must be 13 years old (on the date of the final assessment) 
  • Candidates must complete the following requirement
  • Swim 200 meters in 5 minutes (or less) in swimming pool no less than 25 metres, (or over a measured open water course on flat water)
  • This requirement must be fulfilled prior to commencing any training



Training Resources:

Learner Guides & Manuals:

  • Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Manual (34rd edition) – Loan book supplied
  • Surf Rescue Certificate Learner Guide – supplied


Unit(s) of Competency:

This award is currently not associated with any units of competency, and is a skills based assessment




  • Resuscitation Manikin (Adult/Infant)
  • Signal Flags
  • First Aid Kit
  • Radio


  • Rescue Tubes
  • Rescue Boards



  • Training enrolment form
  • Participant evaluation form
  • RPL application form (upon request)



Candidates will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace. They will be required to complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this course, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you wish to partake in RPL and further guidance is required, please contact the clubs’ Chief Training Officer by email:



To ensure the SRC award remains up-to-date, candidates must under go a proficiency check before the date of 31st December every calendar year