The North Coast Branch is a part of 12 Branch's in New South Wales and is home to eight of the onehundred and twenty nine clubs up and down our Eastern Coastline.
Our clubs educate, protect and help the public on and off our beachs. With over 100Km between our furthermost clubs, our volunteers are on call 24/7.
Running competitons from 12 years and up our members are also constantly educting club members as well as the public in all the skills needed to rescue someone in need.
Surf Life Saving is Australia's major water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority. We create a safe environment on Australia's beaches and coastline through patrols, education and training, public safety campaigns and the promotion of health and fitness.
With 165,820 members and 311 affiliated surf life saving clubs, Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer movement of its kind in Australia.
The majority of our services are provided by surf lifesavers who complete surf patrols voluntarily. We also operate the country’s largest lifeguard service, contracting to local government and other coastal land managers.
In the 2011-12 season, our volunteer patrol members were involved in 12,610 rescues, while our paid lifeguards rescued 2,818 more, taking the total number of lives saved since 1907 to over 615,000.
Surf Life Saving is a not-for-profit movement that exists only through community donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorship. We are an active part of Australian local communities. Our movement prides itself on offering mateship, education, experience and in doing so gives back to the community.
For people young and old, Surf Life Saving inspires a positive and uniquely Australian attitude. Because every member, every club, the entire movement, embraces and promotes a 'can do' attitude to life. It protects life, it saves life, it promotes life.
To save lives, create great Australians and build better communities.
To provide a safe beach and aquatic environment throughout Australia.
Our Driving Forces
To save lives in the water.
To promote a healthy, inclusive, clean, family lifestyle.
SLSA has developed a new strategic direction, SLS2020, that will guide the Surf Life Saving movement through the next decade. The focus of SLS2020 is to further build the capacity and capability of the movement to save more lives, create better Australians and build better communities. There are four pillars of strategic intent that we will pursue to achieve our mission:
1. Extend lifesaving coverage to meet community needs.
2. Develop our people.
3. Ensure the movement’s long term sustainability.
4. Involve all Australians and make a valued contribution to the Australian society.
The North Coast Branch is a part of 12 Branch's in New South Wales and is home to eight of the one hundred and twenty nine clubs up and down our Eastern Coastline.
With over 100Km between our furthermost clubs, our volunteers are on call 24/7.
Running competitions from 12 years to Masters age groups our members are very active in and out of our branch, at club, state, Australian and World levels. Formost for our members is the education of our patrolling members as well as the public who use our patrolled beach's.
In return we ask that at all times you swim between the red and yellow flags.
one of the key parts of surf life saving is the competitive sport which evolved from the training activities of lifesavers at Australian and New Zealand surf beaches, though most events share little with modern Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) based surf rescue techniques. The sport is still based on the volunteer clubs which perform the rescue duty, from the children in the "nippers" through to professional elite circuits that have been established for the high-profile "ironman" events. The sport is mainly still confined to Australia and New Zealand, although the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service in Canada has run the Nova Scotia Surf League competitions every summer since 2000, and competition programs exist in 5 regions of Canada. In Europe the sport is increasingly developed, with Italy, Spain and Germany particularly strong and the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland developing rapidly.
Surf life saving clubs regularly hold surf carnivals where clubs compete with each other in a range of beach- and rescue-oriented events including combined swimming and running, surf ski and surf boat races. The youth arm of the clubs is known as Nippers, and holds similar events.
The various events involve elements of surf swimming, board riding, sand running, mock rescues using rowed surf boats, and paddling special kayak-like surf skis. Some events are for individuals, but many are team events.
Individual surf lifesaving events include:
Change your life this summer…
How do I become a surf lifesaver? The first step is to read the information below and determine whether you are ready to change your life!
After that, you will need to work out what what surf life saving club you'd like to join. You can click here for contact details.
The next step is to fill out your details here. This information will be accessed by the club you have nominated and they will contact you with information about the next training courses. (If you don't hear from them after a week or so, feel free to give them a call direct - remembering that not all clubs are staffed all year round.)
What are the benefits of being a surf lifesaver?
Surf lifesaving is about satisfaction. Having fun, being physically fit, learning teamwork and aquatic safety skills, competing in surf sports, and helping make surfing a safer pastime. Surf Life Saving can offer a range of opportunities which will promote:
• A healthy lifestyle
• A sense of pride
• A sense of responsibility and purpose
• Positive social relationships
There is a place for everyone in the surf lifesaving movement. If you are unable to perform the duties of an active surf lifesaver, then perhaps assistance in the administration, communications or fundraising areas is for you.
Who can join SLSA?
Membership of SLSA is open to anybody, regardless of age, race, religion or gender.
What do I have to do to be a surf lifesaver?
The Bronze Medallion is the minimum requirement for an active surf lifesaver. To obtain this award 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.
Before commencing training for the Bronze Medallion you will be required to complete a
400-metre swim in nine minutes or less, in a swimming pool of no less than 25m, or over a measured open water course. Once this has been completed, all clubs provide qualified instructors who will train you to the level of a proficient surf lifesaver.
At the completion of your training, which will take a couple of months, your physical fitness will be tested by a run-swim-run (a 200m run followed by a 200m swim and then another 200m run) which has to be completed in under eight minutes. You will also be examined on theory, basic resuscitation and first aid and participate in a simulated rescue situation using a rescue board and tube.
All these skills combine to train you to be an effective member of a patrol team.
Are there any other ways I can join SLSA without doing a Bronze Medallion?
Yes. SLSA offers a wide range of awards to its members and the community.
For example, by gaining basic awards in radio operations, you can assist with patrol observation and communication duties without having to perform water-based rescues.
If you are less than 15 years of age you can obtain a Surf Rescue Certificate. Probationary surf lifesavers can achieve this award from the age of 13. The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation, plus a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness.
If you are looking for a way to entertain your children during the summer season then why don't you join them up in our ‘nippers’ program. The Junior Activities Program is for children aged between 5 and 13 years and provides basic surf skills.
For further information please contact your nearest Surf Life Saving Club