Surf lifesavers are Australian for life. You can be too! 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.
To become a surf lifesaver you need to become a member of the Henley Surf Life Saving club. You will then need to obtain your Bronze Medallion training qualification. To obtain this you must be over the age of 15 and demonstrate proficiency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology.
Once you’ve successfully completed this, you will be wearing the red and yellow, and can proudly call yourself a surf lifesaver. The Club Captain or Vice-Captain will then allocate you to a patrol.
How do I sign up?
Becoming a surf lifesaver has never been easier. To find out more about becoming a surf lifesaver, contact the Club Captain the button below.
- Patrol rosters will be distributed via email, posted on this website and posted on the club noticeboard toward the beginning of October each season. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with your patrol commitments as soon as possible.
- Patrolling members are expected to meet their rostered patrol commitments. If you are unable to meet your patrol commitments please try and arrange a suitable substitute as early as possible, keeping your Patrol Captain informed.
- If you don’t attend a patrol without arranging a substitute, you will be given a penalty patrol. In the event that a second patrol is missed without arranging a substitute, you will be asked to explain your actions in person to the management committee.
- Please turn up to the patrols to which you are rostered; simply completing your requisite hours to meet competition requirements does not help your patrol team, the club or the community. If you wish to complete extra patrol hours, please contact the relevant Patrol Captain or the Vice-Captain in advance as a matter of courtesy.
- Patrols are generally from 1pm to 5pm (or 6pm during the hotter months) on weekends and public holidays. Please turn up at 12:45pm to commence setting up.
- Wear your club swimmers and patrol uniform (shorts and shirt) on patrol. A skull cap and wide-brimmed hat will be supplied.
- Finally, please refrain from wearing your patrol uniform anywhere but on the beach on patrol. We do not like seeing patrolling members walking around Henley Foodland or sitting in coffee shops in the square (it is not a good look). The new building has created a lot of ‘discussion’ in the community so we want to maintain a professional image.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries with any of the above or any other lifesaving matter.