Surf lifesavers are Australians for life. A surf lifesaver is a trained volunteer that patrols our beaches on the weekends. They undertake a number of roles including aquatic rescues, providing first aid and emergency care and providing surf safety information to the public.

Becoming a surf lifesaver is satisfying, fun and rewarding. You can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle, become trained in aquatic safety skills, make new mates, compete in surf sports, and give something back to your local community. You may also help save someone’s life one day.

Patrol Requirements

To be eligible for patrols, you must complete one of the awards below:

Members who are not allocated to a patrol should contact the Patrol Officer via the office or who will then allocate you to a patrol group.

Patrolling Members

Patrolling members are responsible for checking their Patrol Roster and making arrangements to be available for patrolling on their designated dates or organising substitutes. The patrol roster is located on the boat shed Patrol noticeboard, on our Sorrento SLSC – Patrols Facebook Page and under an individual’s members SLSA Members Portal.

Members who are not allocated to a patrol should contact the office

Members not able to make their designated patrols should notify their Patrol Captain of their unavailability and then arrange a suitable substitute. There are a number of avenues available to assist with arranging a substitute:

  • Ask a ‘buddy’ if they can swap patrols
  • Use the Patrol Swap section in the SLSA Members Portal (
  • Use the ‘Sorrento SLSC – Patrols’ Facebook page

Members are to ensure they read the Patrol By-Laws and understand their obligations.Members are required to complete their minimum of 24 hours of actual patrol time (either their rostered patrol or standing in as a substitute) in order to be eligible for a patrol rebate and club award (and to also have fulfilled their patrol duty as per the by-laws).

Long Service/Active Reserve Applications


You need to be a financial member to re-qual, as you will not be covered under SLSA insurance and cannot be entered into the Surf Life Saving Database – Surf Guard.The main awards (Bronze and SRC) need to be requalified each year by 31st December of each year. Some awards have different requalification periods. It is each member’s responsibility for checking which of their awards need requalifying each year.

Frequently Asked Questions