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The Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) course is the introductory award for a patrolling surf lifesaver that can be achieved from the age of 13. This course helps to prepare participants for active patrolling duties that may include: rescue skills, first aid and resuscitation.

Participants not only test their skills in practical learning, but also explore the theoretical side of surf lifesaving, including: safety knowledge and surf awareness.

The 2018 SRC course start dates have been set. The details are:-

Information evening – Wednesday 22nd August – Wanda SLSC – 6pm

Training will begin the following week

  • Theory Monday 27th August – Wanda SLSC – 6pm
  • Practical sessions – Saturday mornings at 8am.

Approximately a 6 week course – the exam date will be scheduled soon (probably by the end of September so they can be rostered onto a patrol at the beginning of the season).

Membership fees will need to be paid before the first training session.

$30 for training manual – to be purchased with cash at information night.

To sit the exam a Nipper must be 13 years of Age – anyone in the age group below that has a birthday early in season can train with this group and wait for a later exam if they haven’t turned of age on date of the first exam.

For administrative purposes could you please contact Andrew Cole @ andrewcole@internode.net.au if you wish to attend.


A candidate must:

  • Be a minimum of 13 years old on the date of assessment.
  • Have completed a 200 metre swim in five (5) minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25m, or over open measured water which will be observed prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities.


Candidates are instructed in the lifesaving competencies described in the following relevant sections of the 33rd Edition of the PUBLIC SAFETY AND AQUATIC RESCUE training manual.


Unit 1 – Safety and Wellbeing
Unit 2 – Surf Awareness and Skills
Unit 3 – The Human Body
Unit 4 – Resuscitation
Unit 6 – First Aid
Unit 8 – Communications
Unit 9 – Rescue Techniques
Unit 11 – Patrols<


Assessment of the SRC is based on candidate induction and the following assessment tasks:

  • Dry Assessments – Signals, First Aid & CPR
  • Wet Assessments – 100m Run-100m Swim-100m Run, Rescues (tube and board)

You need to be committed to attending Nippers each week in order to become competent in all areas of the course. This will also require you to study your training manual at home. Worksheets will be given out on a weekly basis and must be returned the following week with your name clearly marked.

Please be prepared with goggles, towel, sunscreen, wetsuit, warm clothes, training manual, drink bottle, pen, paper and a positive attitude.