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 saturdays between April and September. Roving patrols assist Wollongong City Council Lifeguards on Saturdays during Christmas School Holidays between 11am and 3pm.
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 assessment 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.
Payment, Membership and Working with Children Forms available from the this website's Membership Page:
There are other optional awards that can be obtained. These include -
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.
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SLSNSW Beach Safety Information website