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.
It is a simple process and all steps are clearly outlined below. Should you require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be only too happy to assist.
EACH Club member (including Life Members and ALL participating family members) must complete a Membership Request, including membership & liability declarations
At least one parent of a nipper must also renew/join
Returning members can submit a Membership Renewal through Lifesaving Online (LSO) via the Members Portal click here for guidelines
New members click here for guide lines on how to join
Working With Children Check (WWCC)
ALL members MUST have a WWCC Card if they are over the age of 18 and:
are Nipper parents
Assist with junior programs
Wish to access the change rooms
WWCC cards must have Torquay SLSC and Life Saving Victoria as registered organisations
Visit www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au to change existing card details or apply for a new card (refer WWCC Information) or go to the WWCC Policy page.
Nipper information packs (including additional forms to complete) will be available by the start of activities in October;
You need to create an account and submit a Membership Request for each individual family member joining the Club. Parents are categorised as Associate Members or Active Senior Members (if they hold a Bronze Medallion). Nippers are categorised as Junior Active Members.
Members With SRC/BM or Who Patrol With Land Based Awards
- You MUST complete the Intention to Patrol Form and return it to the Director of Life Saving by 1st November, 2016
If you are not intending to patrol, indicate this on the form so that you are not included on the patrol roster.
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