Clubs & Membership

There are three Surf Life Saving Club's (SLSC) in the Northern Territory, two in Darwin and one in Nhulunbuy. You can join from the age of 5 years - there's no upper limit!  

We are very proud of our members because they:

  • Commit personal time and energy to maintain a safe beach and aquatic environment for their local community
  • Recognise that families and teamwork are the building blocks of great communities
  • Support volunteerism as a highly valued Australian characteristic
  • Participate in a range of sporting and recreational activities to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle

The advice on this page is generic and each club may have slightly different membership requirements. Each membership category attracts a club membership fee and again, clubs will differ slightly.

Darwin SLSC

Formed in 1982, Darwin Surf Life Saving Club (DSLSC) has provided in excess of 25,000 hours of patrol time at no cost to the community.

DSLSC currently has a membership made up of Junior members (8-13 years), Youth members (U15s, U17s & U19s), Senior members (19 years upwards), Associate and Social members.

The clubhouse is situated on Daribah Rd in the Casuarina Coastal Reserve.  The bar and club house is open for members use on Friday evenings and is available for function hire on other nights.

Visit their website for further information.

Gove Peninsula SLSC

Established in 1971,  Gove Peninsula Surf Lifesaving Club (GPSLSC) was the first Surf Life Saving Club formed in the NT. GPSLSC is located on Town Beach in the North East Arnhem mining town of Nhulunbuy.

GPSLSC takes pride in being a key part of the Nhulunbuy community, providing lifesaving services on local beaches and activities for junior members. The natural beauty of the club location together with club facilities provide an ideal backdrop for member families to enjoy.

The surf club bar is open on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons during the dry season. The club grounds overlook the Arafura sea. The club is also available for private functions for club members and their guests.

Visit their facebook page for further information.

Mindil Beach SLSC

Founded in 1996 as the Arafura Life Saving Club, which originally patrolled the open water areas of East Point and the adjacent Lake Alexander. The Arafura LSC briefly moved operations to Cullen Bay before settling at the popular Mindil Beach on the southern end of Fannie Bay. The club officially changed its name to Mindil Beach Surf Life Saving Club on 14 March 2008.

Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Membership Categories

Membership of Surf Life Saving Australia is achieved through our national network of 315 clubs. Surf lifesaving is 'Serious Fun'. 

We enjoy having fun, being physically fit, learning teamwork and lifesaving skills, competing in surf sports, helping make the beach and the water a safer place in our community and having a positive and friendly social life.

The following are the main membership categories applicable to all members, new and returning.

Junior Activities (Ages 5-13 years)

Young surf lifesavers, commonly known as 'Nippers', learn about:

  • Surf safety and awareness, including how to identify hazards and self-survival skills
  • Surf sports skills, such as how to catch a wave when swimming
  • Personal development and leadership, including teamwork and improving self confidence.
  • EcoSurf - learning how to look after the fragile coastal and marine environment.

Award Members

If you have special qualifications which help provide the lifesaving service offered by your club you can be an Award member.  For example, you may have qualifications in advanced first aid and emergency care or radio communications.

Cadets (13 & 14 years)

As a Cadet member you are on the threshold of becoming a fully qualified Surf Lifesaver.  You train for the Surf Rescue Certificate which provides knowledge and skills in rescue techniques, first aid, resuscitation and much more.   When you qualify you are able to join a patrol and you will be issued with a Surf Lifesaver uniform - a very special moment in your surf lifesaving career.

General Members

If you want to support your local Surf Club, but cannot be an Active member, you can join as a General Member.  General members help the club by participating in one or more of a wide range of supporting activities such as administration, fundraising and social events.

Active Members (15 years & over)

Active members are fully qualified surf lifesavers. Without them the iconic 'Surf Club' and its wonderful volunteer service would not exist.  As an Active member you train for the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) and you are also awarded the famous SLSA Bronze Medallion - an emotional milestone for you and everyone helping you achieve your qualifications.  You will be expert at rescue and resuscitation and a competent operator of oxygen therapy equipment, two-way radios and much more.  You'll participate in your club's patrols and you can move on to other awards such as the Heart Defibrillator Certificate and, if you are old enough, you can train to operate Inflatable Rescue Boats and Rescue Water Craft (Jetskis).

How do I join?

  1. Contact your local club (details above) or
  2. You can register for a club Online