Surf Life Saving

Training & Education

Training & Education

Our Club offers a variety of courses to our Members to enable them to obtain Nationally Accredited Awards in numerous courses. The Courses are designed to impart education of knowledge and once completed our Members will be able to assist in many emergency and safety situations. The Courses range from Cert II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) to CPR and First Aid. Our younger members can complete CPR and obtain Surf Awareness Certificates through variety of modules at each age level.

Our Members upon successful completion of any of our Courses will be appropriately trained resourced as patrolling Life Savers.

Enrolment Process

Courses will be updated in the Burleigh Heads Surf Club Team Calendar and once advertised you will be able to register through the Team App.

Course details (start dates and times) will be emailed to you once your registration is received and the course has been confirmed.

The season is upon us and proficiency resources for the season are now available!

Our 2024/2025 Proficiency Dates have been confirmed –

  • 25th August 2024
  • 13th October 2024
  • 10th November 2024
  • 1st December 2024

Please make note of these dates on your calendar. Sign on for proficiencies will be from 7:30am with proficiency commencing at 8am sharp.

Remember you must complete your proficiency at one of our Club dates and if you do not complete your proficiency by December 31st you will be ineligible to continue patrolling, competing or taking part in any other Club activity involving surf practical components.

Pool Swim Assessment Form – PDF


The Bronze Medallion is a challenging award, which provides surf lifesavers with the knowledge and skills to be able to participate in beach patrols or supervise groups of people in the open water environment. The practical and theoretical sections of the award are designed to test a person’s competency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, radio operations, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology. A candidates physical fitness is tested by a 200m run- 200m swim- 200m run completed in under eight minutes; a 400m pool swim to be completed in under nine minutes; simulated rescues using a rescue board and tube. All these skills combine to train candidates to be an effective member of a patrol team tasked with providing a safe beach and aquatic environment.

To enter the Bronze course you must have met the following course pre-requisites.

  • Be a minimum of 15 years old on the date of final assessment.
  • Have completed a 400 metre swim in nine minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres or over a measured open water course before any training starts in the surf and/or deep water.

On successful completion of this assessment, candidates will have achieved the SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate.

To enter the SRC course you must have met the following course pre-requisites.

  • Be a minimum of 13 years old on the date of the final assessment..
  • Have completed a 200 metre swim in five minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course before any training commences in the surf and / or deep water.

This course aims to develop the skills and knowledge for a person to provide first aid in an emergency situation. This course aims to provide the first aider with attitude, knowledge and skill required to effectively deal with a range of first aid situations.

The course provides participants with knowledge, practical experience and assessment on: OH&S legislation, documentation, hazard identification, legal liabilities, anatomy and physiology, as well as management and treatment for a range of injuries and illnesses.

To enter the Apply First Aid course you must have met the following course pre-requisites:

  • Minimum of 14 years of age on the date of final assessment.