What we do
The primary mission of Victorian Life Saving Clubs is to provide a safe and enjoyable aquatic experience for all visitors to our beaches. Over the summer period (usually the end November through to end of March or Easter). Life Saving Clubs provide volunteer beach patrols at over 50 Victorian beaches on weekends and public holidays. As a patrolling member of a Life Saving Club you can play an important role in the provision of this vital community service.
Victoria’s coastline and inland waterways are unique and their recreational opportunities endless. Life Saving Victoria is keen to ensure that all visitors are aware of their own abilities and the potential dangers at the beach. Life Saving Clubs train volunteer lifesavers in aquatic rescue and resuscitation techniques as well as offering water safety education to the general beach going public.
Lifesaving is able to offer volunteers:
- Aquatic Education and Training
- Membership Development, Growth and Support
- Youth and Leadership Development
- Skills and Fitness
Life Saving Clubs are equipped with up-to-date and well maintained equipment, ensuring that members have access to the latest rescue techniques and aids.
A number of Life Saving Clubs in Victoria offer 24 hour emergency support services in partnership with other community emergency services for handling aquatic incidents.
How to become a Lifesaver
Lifesaving is an activity for all ages. The minimum age to become an active lifesaver is 13 years of age. The two main lifesaving awards and their prerequisites are:
Surf Rescue Certificate
- Be a minimum of 13 years of age on the date of the final assessment
- Have completed a 200 metre swim in five minutes in a pool or open water
Surf Lifesaving Bronze Medallion / Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) PUA 21010
- Be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment
- Have completed a 400 metre swim in nine minutes in a pool or open water
Bonbeach runs lifesaving award training each year at the clubhouse, utilising our own qualified trainers and others from within our district and state.
Lifesaving does not limit members to water-based activities
Lifesaving offers opportunities for all and is actively seeking volunteers in numerous areas. Members are not limited to active lifesaving as clubs offer a variety of skilled opportunities in support roles such as:
- Radio Communication
- Administrative Support Coaching and Officiating
- CALD Specific Programs
- Water Safety Education Training (classroom and water based)
- Mentoring our Youth
- Gear and Equipment Maintenance
- Training & Assessment
Furthermore, Bonbeach LSC offers awards and certificates in:
- SRC/Bronze Medallion
- Resuscitation – Basic and Advanced
- First Aid – Basic and Senior
- Spinal Management
- Inflatable Rescue Boats – Crewperson and Driver
- Radio Communications
- Operations Vehicles – All Terrain Vehicle
- Basic Beach Management – Patrol Captain
- Administration & Financial activities
- Training & Assessment