Surf Lifesavers are highly trained volunteers and their prime responsibility is to prevent drowning and injury at the beach and the surrounding open waters where millions of people love to swim and enjoy various forms of aquatic recreation such as surfing, boating, fishing, wind surfing, kite surfing and water skiing. They fulfil this responsibility by supplying volunteer lifesaving services (Surf Rescue Patrols) at local beaches near their clubs as well as inter-club operations such as 24/7 Search & Rescue Teams.
We love our sport and we participate in lots of activities and competitions at club, Territory and national levels. Sport is very important to a Surf Lifesaver because it promotes fitness and a healthy lifestyle - vitally important characteristics for anyone placing themselves in a rescue situation. Our sports include beach events, board and ski paddling, swimming, surfboat rowing, the famous Ironman Race and much more. There are special lifesaving competitions for patrol teams and first aiders and of course there's always a place for more coaches and officials. A highlight of the end of each season is the NT Championships. After that our most talented athletes form into a High Performance Squad from which we pick the NT Interstate Team. In May 2009 we hosted the International Lifesaving event of the 2009 Arafura Games in Darwin.
All active Surf Lifesavers, aged 15 years or more, must gain the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) before joining a Surf Rescue Patrol. For new members, including those with an existing lifesaving qualification (First Aid Certificate, Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion) you'll find this qualification interesting, challenging and rewarding. There are many more qualifications you can do including the Certificate III in Beach Management and the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. Our Trainers and Assessors dedicate a great deal of their time to help other members gain their qualifications and you can find detailed information on this website.
Every year around 60,000 boys and girls learn essential lifesaving and self-survival skills at their local Surf Club and its no different in the NT. Membership is booming as hundreds of young members, aged 5-13, enjoy a wide range of lifesaving, sporting, environmental and social activities. Our Junior Activities (often called Nippers) are run by experienced Surf Lifesavers and qualified parents. Its not uncommon for the whole family to be involved!
Surf Lifesavers conduct training course in lifesaving, first aid and emergency care as well as conducting outdoor recreational activities for schools and community groups. Some of these activities are provided by our Lifesaving Academy while others ate provided directly by clubs.
Surf Life Saving has a strong program of leadership and development programs that provide opportunities for members at club, Territory and national levels. It starts with our juniors and continues through to an annual national Leadership Development Program and Leader's Conference.
Do yourself a favour - become a Surf Life Saver today!