To become an active lifesaver the award you need to gain is the Bronze Medallion. You have to be 15 years of age for this award.
As part of your training you will be placed on a Patrol as a Probabationary observer.
Once you gain your award, you're placed on a patrol roster and members can compete in surf life saving carnivals, but for Championship Events members must acquire 25 hours of Patrol Service or Pro Rata hours from the date of your award.
Once a member has obtained their award they must complete an annual proficiency assessment each season to continue their patrol and competition activities.
SURF SAFETY TIPS
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.