Surf Life Saving Clubs are responsible for ensuring that their members maintain their skills to the minimum standard set by Surf Life Saving Australia. The guiding principle for skills maintenance is that clubs must be able to meet their service level agreements with confidence in the lifesaving skills and abilities of their active patrolling members.
Skills maintenance checks are necessary to:
- Ensure ongoing competency of members in their area of training and activities
- Maintain the standards of knowledge and expertise of surf life savers
- Satisfy legal and statutory requirements
- Reinforce and maintain our service commitment to the bathing and beach going community
A member’s proficiency is valid until the 31st December each year unless stated otherwise in Surfguard or via Circular (e.g. Apply First Aid has a three year proficiency requirement).
This means that any members who is not proficient by 31st December, or has not completed appropriate awards shall not be allowed to:
- Perform Patrols
- Operate rescue craft or
- Compete in surf life saving competitions
When a skills maintenance check is successfully completed (or a member gains a relevant award after 30th June, in a particular year) the proficiency or qualification is current until 31st December in the following season.