Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

The SRC is an award that acts as a gateway to the lifesaving movement, providing the skills to patrol the beach effectively and contribute to the team. To complete the course, you need to do a timed swim, attend our course, complete a workbook and pass an exam including both written and practical demonstration components. Fairhaven SLSC will usually run one SRC over the Christmas period, the details of which can be found on our calendar.

SRC holders are invited to participate in ‘water safety’ and patrols becoming valued members of the lifesaving movement.

The following season, the Surf Rescue Certificate members, are encouraged to participate in the U/15 program expanding on their SRC experience, team building and competitions.

What next: For SRC holders wanting to take it further, why not expand on your knowledge and complete the Bronze Medallion (for ages 15+).

The SRC course will run between 28th Dec 2021 and Friday 7th Jan 2022 (excluding the New Year’s public holidays) with morning and afternoon sessions at Fairhaven SLSC.


Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • be at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • have completed a 200 metre swim in five (5) minutes or less, unaided (goggles/mask permitted), in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities, evidence of which must be provided to the Assessor on the timed swim form prior to commencement of the assessment for this qualification.


Safety and Wellbeing

  • Contribute to the management of work health and safety (WHS) and follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control

Surf Awareness and Skills

  • Describe surfing and environmental conditions and hazards:
  • Recognise appropriate beach types, conditions and areas in the surf zone for bathing:
  • Demonstrate surf skills:

The Human Body

  • Explain the functions of the: Circulatory system, Lymphatic system, Skeletal system, Respiratory system, Nervous system, Digestive system, Integumentary system


  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques:

First Aid

  • Identify basic patient management techniques: including DRSABCD and secondary body check procedures, identifying basic first aid management, and performing basic emergency care for external bleeding, shock and fainting, needle-stick injuries, soft-tissue injuries, major tissue damage and severe bleeding. Recognise and managed chest pains, envenomation, temperature related illness, fractures, sprains, spinal, burns, unconscious patients, anaphylaxis, asthma, and more.


  • Communicate in the workplace:Rescue Techniques
  • Perform patient approaches, support and escapes aided by equipment on a conscious and an unconscious patient:
  • Identify people in distress in an aquatic environment:
  • Perform surf skills: Complete a 100 metre run, 100 metre swim and 100 metre run within 5 minutes.

Beach Management

  • Set up a patrol and describe your role on patrol:
  • Demonstrate standard patrol practices:
  • Work as part of a team:

To register for the Surf Rescue Certificate course please complete the registration form.