Volunteer Lifesavers patrol Towradgi Beach on Weekends and Public Holidays between mid September and April. Patrols start at 9am and finish at 6pm during holidays and start at 10am and finish at 5pm at other times. Council Lifeguards patrol the beach on weekdays and satirdays between April and September.
To become a lifesaver the first award you need to gain is the Bronze Medallion. You have to be 15 years of age for this award. The Bronze Course takes 3 to 4 weeks to complete and includes the ability to swim in both the pool and the surf, knowledge of rescue techniques, first aid, resuscitation, radios and general life saving methodology.
Once you receive your award, you're placed on a patrol roster. As part of your training, 25 hours of patrolling hours a required following the completion of your certificate. Members then are eligible to compete in surf life saving carnivals.
Members are free to transfer between clubs but can only compete for one club in any one season. Once a member has obtained their Bronze they must complete an annual proficiency exam each season to continue their patrol and competition activities.
If you wish to participate in a Bronze Medallion Course / SRC (Surf Rescue Certificate Course) but do not want to commit to patrolling hours, you must join the Club as an Associate Member (Non Patrolling Member) and pay for the relevant course fee.
Non - Patrolling Member Adult Bronze Medallion Course and Membership Fee (15 years to 18 years and above): $360
Non - Patrolling Member Full Time Students SRC Course and Membership Fee (13 to 15 years): $235
Payment, Membership and Working with Children Forms available form the this website's Membership section.
There are other optional awards that can be obtained.
These include -
- First Aid
- Advanced Resuscitation
- IRB Driver
- IRB Crew
- Patrol Captains Award
The NSW Coastline is beautiful, dynamic and one of our greatest assets. Along our coastline however dozens of people drown every year and thousands are saved by lifesavers and lifeguards. The NSW coastline holds the highest coastal drowning rate in Australia.
Surf Safety Tips
- Always swim or surf at patrolled beaches
- Swim between the red and yellow flags. They mark the safer area for swimming.
- Never swim, surf or fish alone
- Read and obey the signs.
- Be aware of rip currents (know how to spot one and how to escape from one)
- Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never run or dive in the water, even if you have checked before as water conditions can change.
- If in doubt stay out
- Seek advice from the lifesavers and lifeguards