Frequently Asked Questions
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What qualifications do I need to become a lifesaver?
At a minimum, you will need to complete your Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) however holding your Bronze Medallion will allow you to be more heavily involved with the rescue operations on the beach. Go to our Training and Education page to find out about the range of further training available.
What’s involved in the Bronze Medallion course?
In order to start the course, you will need to complete the pre-requisite 400m swim in under 9 minutes. Your trainer will be there to help you and we can assist with some extra training if you think you need it. After that, the course will involve training in surf awareness, a typical day on patrol, emergency care including EAR, CPR and defibrillation procedures, and basic first aid. We will spend a lot of time on rescue boards, practicing rescues with rescue tubes and becoming comfortable swimming in the ocean. Go to our Training and Education page for more info.
How do I sign up to a Bronze course?
It is super easy, just email our Education team at [email protected]
How much of my time will I need to volunteer to become a lifesaver?
The sky’s the limit! We ask that you regularly attend your rostered patrols, which usually fall once a month, however we encourage more regular participation when you can. We watch the beach for around 16 official hours per week and we always need help! We also have competition events each Sunday including a BBQ, monthly social drinks (whole family welcome!), regular group training sessions (water skills and fitness), as well as a handful of formal occasions throughout the year.
How do I become a Whale Beach SLSC Sponsor?
Join the team! Over the years we have had a wide range of sponsors for events, building funds and beach operations. Macquarie Bank remains a committed major sponsor, and we have had support from the likes of Goldman Sachs, oceanswims.com, URM, CanToo, Fantasea, Macintype Design, Belle Property Avalon and Milan Partners. Our presence is widely felt in the Northern Beaches community, throughout our unwavering surveillance of Whale Beach, our regular neighbourhood social events and our commemorative events such as Women at Whale- 35 year anniversary of female lifesavers at Whale Beach. If you’re interested, please contact our President at [email protected] for more information.
Want to get involved?
Whether you are a pro on the rescue board, can keep a cool head during first aid, want to learn some new skills or just love hanging out and flipping burgers on the barbie, there is a place for you at Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club!