Become a rookie lifeguard

The Rookie Lifeguard Programme has been designed to help junior surf members prepare to be a Surf Lifeguard. The programme aims to promote "practical lifeguarding" to the younger members and develop strong ties between senior and junior members as a result of involvement.

The target audience for this programme is 12-14 year old junior surf members wishing to become Surf Lifeguards. Obtaining your 200m Safety Badge is a pre-requisite.

Topics covered

  • Health, sun smart & conservation
  • Surf swimming skills
  • Role of a surf lifeguard & patrolling
  • Signals, flags & radio operations
  • Rescue, releases & tube rescue
  • First aid & emergency care
  • Primary survey & CPR
  • Practical surf skills
  • Patrol equipment & clubhouse
  • Surf Life Saving Club structure & culture


At the completion of the programme candidates will be able to:

  • Identify the role of a Surf Lifeguard
  • Demonstrate a range of Surf Lifeguard skills

Once 14 years of age they are eligible to enrol in the SLGA (Surf Life Guard Award) to become a qualified lifeguard. Generally, the course is held during the October school holidays prior to the commencement of the surf season.

To become a rookie lifeguard, please join our club here