The Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

The Surf Rescue Certificate is a flexible course that is offered by Surf Life Saving Clubs to their junior lifesavers and can be tailored for a school program. 
The aim of the course is to provide participants with the knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. This course is also the minimum water safety qualification for Junior Activity supervision.

Course Content

The duration of the course is approximately 35-45 hours.

  • Safety and well-being
  • Surf awareness and skills
  • First aid
  • Resuscitation
  • Rescue techniques
  • Signals


To enrol in the Surf Rescue Certificate participants must first meet the listed requirements:

  • be a minimum of 13 years of age on the date of final assessment.
  • have completed a minimum of 200m swim in five minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres or over a measured open water course before any training starts in the surf and/or deep water.

 Accreditation and Validity 

The Surf Rescue Certificate is a nationally accredited certificate. SRC is a required pre-requisite for Bronze Medallion and other First Aid Courses.  

Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.

More Information

For more information on running a SRC course for your organisation please contact our Education Manager
Sam Edwards 
Phone: (08) 8985 6588