Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

This course provides participants with skills and knowledge of surf awareness, aquatic rescue operations and resuscitation in order to participate in lifesaving operations and act in the role of Water Safety Personnel.

Course Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of the surf environment including hazards and surf conditions;
  • Apply surf skills and techniques for self-survival in the water while negotiating prevailing surf conditions with or without a flotation device;
  • Prepare for and respond to a rescue with appropriate rescue and personal protective equipment;
  • Participate in assessing a rescue scene;
  • Safely perform a rescue using appropriate equipment and rescue techniques while following Surf Life Saving procedures;
  • Conclude rescue operations in line with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;
  • Safely use Surf Life Saving communications systems and radio equipment to support communications consistent with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;
  • Apply fault-finding techniques and maintain Surf Life Saving radio equipment;
  • Respond to an emergency situation requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
  • Perform a primary victim assessment including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED);
  • Accurately report and convey incident details to emergency response services while maintaining confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and Surf Life Saving policies.

This course aligns to the following nationally recognised units of competency:

  • PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment;
  • PUASAR012 Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills
  • PUASAR013 Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:


There are no specific qualifications.


There are no prerequisites.

Other Requirements

To commence training for the Surf Rescue Certificate you must:

  • Be a financial member of an SLS club;
  • Be at least 13 years of age on the final assessment date;
  • Complete an unaided swim of 200 m in 5 minutes or less (goggles and masks permitted) in a swimming pool of not less than 25 m, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to you undertaking any water training or assessment activities. Evidence of this must be provided to the assessor prior to commencement of the assessment for these units of competency/this SLSA award.

You will also need an everyday standard of language, literacy and numeracy skills to be able to:

  • Follow written, verbal and visual instructions;
  • Read and interpret a range of signs and symbols;
  • Read and interpret written information;
  • Make basic mathematical calculations to carry out everyday activities;
  • Keep accurate written records.

Recognition of prior learning

SLS members who believe they already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this award, or who have currency in one or more of the related units of competency, may wish to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) or credit transfer.

To register your interest for the next SRC course, please complete and submit this form to our Training Officer: