Join Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club
The primary mission of Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club is to provide a safe and enjoyable aquatic experience for all visitors to our beaches. Over the summer period (end November through to Easter) the club provides a volunteer beach patrol on weekends and public holidays. As a patrolling member of the club you will play an important role in the provision of this vital community service.
Victoria's coastline and inland waterways are unique and their recreational opportunities endless. The club is keen to ensure that all visitors are aware of their own abilities and the potential dangers at the beach. We train volunteer lifesavers in aquatic rescue and resuscitation techniques as well as offering water safety education to the general beach going public.
TSLSC is able to offer all volunteers:
- water safety
- social opportunities
We are equipped with up-to-date and well maintained equipment, ensuring that members have access to the latest rescue techniques and aids. We also offer 24 hour emergency support services in partnership with other community emergency services for handling aquatic incidents.
Becoming a Lifesaver
Lifesaving is a job for all ages. The minimum age to become an active lifesaver is 13 years of age. The two main lifesaving awards and their prerequisites are:
Surf Rescue Certificate
- Be a minimum of 13 years of age on the date of the final assessment
- Have completed a 200 metre swim in five minutes in a pool or open water
Surf Lifesaving Bronze Medallion
- Be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment
- Have completed a 400 metre swim in nine minutes in a pool or open water
The club runs a bronze camp in December each year. The camps typically run over a one week period from 9.00am to 4.00pm aprox.
Remember that lifesaving does not limit members to water-based activities.We are actively seeking volunteers in all areas of the organization. Lifesaving offers awards and certificates in:
- Resuscitation (Basic and Advanced)
- First Aid (Advanced Emergency Care)
- Powercraft Vehicles (Offshore & Inshore)
- Radio Communications
- Operations Vehicles (4WDs & ATVs)
- Administration & Financial activities
Why we need you
TSLSC needs you and your skills to maintain and resource our beach patrol activities. Our vital community service is provided free to the beach going public thanks to hundreds of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to training, patrolling and volunteering at our club. Your membership is an investment in your safety as well as the safety and well being of everyone important to you.
Join today and make an investment in your life at the beach. You can make a difference
Joining TSLSC is a unique opportunity that can ultimately change your life and the lives of your family and friends. One day they may be drowning or hurt and you will be the one with the skills necessary to help them. Volunteer lifesavers enjoy recognition and respect within the wider community, joining a club is a great opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and make a significant contribution to the safety of the beach going public.
Don't Like Getting Wet? Can't Swim? No Problem! If active lifesaving is not your thing, clubs can offer skilled opportunities in support roles such as:
- radio communications
- first aid
- administrative support
- competition officials
- trainers and coaches
- leadership development
A basic knowledge of water safety is vital when swimming at the beach. Our nipper program caters for children from 7 to 14 and provides a great opportunity for them to gain valuable surf safety information and skills. The program focuses on surf awareness and safety, surf related physical activity and a lot of fun. This is supported by involvement in the LSV Junior Ocean Beach Carnivals and other supporting activities and training throughout the year.