Surf Rescue Certificate


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.

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Next Assessment Dates

10th December 2023


A candidate must:

  • Be a minimum of 13 years old on the date of assessment.
  • Note: if you will be 15 years or over on the date of the dry assessment please visit our Bronze Medallion page.
  • 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.


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, a towel, sunscreen, a wetsuit, warm clothes, a training manual, a drink bottle, a pen, paper and a positive attitude.

Learning Resources

Candidates are instructed in the lifesaving competencies described in the following relevant sections of the 35th Edition of the PUBLIC SAFETY AND AQUATIC RESCUE training manual.

Units to be learnt

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

More information

For any more information please contact the Director of Education.

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