The purpose of these courses are to give you the basic beach surveillance and surf awareness skills and knowledge required for involvement in lifesaving operations. The Surf Rescue Certificate is the introduction to being a qualified life saver. This is NOT suitable for Surf Lifesaving SA Members as they need a patrolling specific Surf Rescue Certificate.

Community Surf Rescue Certificate

The Community Surf Rescue Certificate is a one day course suitable for anyone over the age of 13. Candidates will be taught and assessed on performing rescues, identifying dangers, resuscitation, basic first aid and supervision skills. There will also be a 100m Run, 100m Swim, 100m Run which must be performed in less than 5 minutes and a theory workbook to be completed.

This certificate is recognised by the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) as a minimum requirement to supervise children around open water aquatic activities.


  • Be at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment

  • Current First Aid Certificate

Course Cost

 *$200 per participant including GST (includes 34th Edition, Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual)

Community Surf Rescue Certificate (Re-qualification)

To retain the Community Surf Rescue Certificate, the qualification must be updated annually.  The re-qualification is a two hour course that covers revision and re-testing of the content from the Community Surf Rescue Certificate including a CPR update, 100m Run, 100m Swim, 100m Run test, rescues and signals.

Course Cost

$50 per participant including GST


For more information on the latest courses contact

Reception at Surf Life Saving SA on (08) 8354 6900