Qualifying as a Surf Lifeguard

To be a qualified lifeguard you must be aged 14 years or older and pass your Surf Lifeguard Award exam.

The Surf Lifesaving Award Exam consists of:

  • 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
  • run/swim/run in the surf
  • resuscitation test
  • rescue test
  • theory questions
  • practical surf knowledge test

Refresher Tests
Each season active Surf Lifeguards must perform a refresher test. This text includes a swim, resuscitation test and first aid questions. It is not designed to fail people but to ensure the lifeguard’s fitness and knowledge is up to the required standard. 

Benefits of Surf Life Saving membership
Surf Life Saving offers a range of activities in a friendly environment. As a member of a club you are entitled to use the club’s facilities and appropriate equipment. 

Surf Life Saving also offers a range of awards, training and courses through your club or region to increase your skills and knowledge.

You are eligible to compete in Surf Sports events and enjoy access to regular coaching programmes. Regions have representative teams and development squads are actively seeking new talent.

Membership categories

  • Junior Surf  (7-13 yrs of age)
  • Qualifying Active (14 yrs and over)
  • Active U19 (14 to 18 years)
  • Active Open (19 years and over)
  • Associate  

*Age as at 30 September 

To become a Surf Lifeguard, please join a Club first if you aren't already part of one.