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Life Saving

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Volunteer Lifesavers patrol Northcliffe beach on weekends and public holidays between mid-September and May.  Patrols run between 7am and 6pm during summer holidays and 8am – 5pm at other times.  Surf lifesavers undertake a number of roles including aquatic rescues, providing first aid and emergency care and providing surf safety information to the public. 

Becoming a Lifesaver
BMD Northcliffe Lifesavers

Surf Rescue Certificate

To become a Lifesaver the first award gained is the Surf Rescue Certificate. The Surf Rescue Certificate is a stepping stone to the full Bronze Medallion that is generally the minimum standard required for full patrolling duties. The Surf Rescue Certificate was originally intended for young people aged between 13 and 15 years, however, anyone over the age of 13 can qualify at this level. 

Bronze Medallion

The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. This is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia. Once a member has obtained their Bronze Medallion they are assigned to a patrol and become eligible to compete in Surf Lifesaving carnivals. They must complete an annual skills maintenance session to continue to patrol and compete in Surf Lifesaving carnivals.

The following awards can also be obtained:

  • Resuscitation (HLTAID009)
  • First Aid (HLTAID011)
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques (HLTAID015)
  • IRB Crew
  • Silver Medallion IRB Driver
  • Silver Medallion Beach Management

For more information about these awards please contact Caroline or Christie in the Lifesaving Office.

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