Surf Rescue Certificate

Surf Rescue Certificate


A candidate must:

Be a minimum of 13 years old on the date of examination.
Have completed a 200 metre swim in 5 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.

The award trains candidates in rescue skills; first aid and patient management; resuscitation; plus, a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness. A candidates physical fitness is tested by a 100m run- 100m swim- 100m run completed in under five minutes; a 200m pool swim to be completed in under five minutes and simulated rescues using a rescue board and tube.

Learning Outcomes

The candidate should be able to:

    • Contribute to participative arrangements for the management of occupational health and safety.
    • Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control.
    • Describe surfing and environmental conditions and hazards.
    • Recognise an appropriate safe beach and zone for surf bathing in key locations
    • Demonstrate surf skills
    • Explain the functions of the circulatory, skeletal, respiratory and nervous systems
    • Identify basic patient management techniques
    • Perform basic resuscitation techniques
    • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques
    • Communicate in the workplace
    • Perform patient approaches, support and escapes aided by equipment on a conscious and an unconscious patient
    • Identify people in distress in a surfing or water environment.
    • Perform surf skills
    • Complete a 100m run, 100m swim and 100m run within five minutes.
    • Work as part of a team
    • Describe the purpose of patrols and patrolling
    • Demonstrate standard patrol practices
    • Identify and demonstrate all the factors that affect bathers and those using water for recreation
    • Duration

Two day course or until competency achieved

Course Cost

$130 per candidate (including manual)
$75 per annual proficiency