our approach to training
At Fairy Meadow we like to get our new members in a uniform and on patrol as soon as possible. That’s why, when you join with us you will complete an initial day of training in CPR, First Aid, and/or Radio operations, receive your brand new uniform and join our Patrol Teams as an Award Member. You will then undertake training for your Bronze Medallion while on patrol. This ‘on the job training’ approach allows our new members to gain valuable experience, feel part of the team, and most importantly learn at your own pace.
We take a modularised approach to training. This means you complete your training in stages and receive nationally recognised qualifications as you go. these include:
Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: HLTAID009
Provide First Aid: HLTAID011
Radio Operator: PUAOPE013
Advanced Resuscitation Techniques: HLTAID015
An AWARD MEMBER IS A PERSON WHO HOLDS A QUALIFICATION, OTHER THAN THE BRONZE MEDALLION, SUCH AS PROVIDE CPR, FIRST AID, RADIO OPERATOR, OR ADVANCED RESUSCITATION TECHNIQUES. aN AWARD MEMBER CAN BE INVOLVED IN ALL PATROL OPERATIONS BUT WILL NOT PERFORM IN WATER RESCUES OR OPERATE POWERCRAFT.
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As an Active member, you can be involved in all areas of Surf Life Saving, including patrol duties. Once you are a member, you will gain your Bronze Medallion and be taught skills that will enable you to become a patrolling lifesaver on the beach. Remember, further qualifications and training opportunities are always available for those who wish to expand their skill set.
Active – who want to be patrolling life savers – You can come through the junior ranks to become an active surf lifesaver, or you can join as an adult of any age. Active members are given the opportunity to gain qualifications and skills such as the Bronze Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation Certificate and many more. Once qualified with the Bronze Medallion, you will have the skills and experience to patrol at the beach. Further qualifications and training opportunities are always available for those who wish to expand their skill set.
Award – Participants who want to be involved in the surf club in a qualified or position holding capacity – Award Members play a vital role in keeping surf life saving operating smoothly at a club level. Many of our Award Members are people who have chosen to work in important support roles, such as radio operations, first aid and resuscitation
Junior activities aged 5-13 years – Junior activities, better known as ‘Nippers’, is an activity-based program designed to educate young children about surf safety and awareness. The Nipper program offers participants the opportunity to meet new friends whilst taking part in activities to develop skills in lifesaving, surf safety, surf sports, personal development and leadership.
The Nippers program is held in most surf clubs during the summer period on Sunday mornings. The season usually starts in October after school holidays and lasts until the Easter school holidays.
Cadets , You can join Surf Life Saving as a Cadet and have a great time mixing with other teenagers. You can begin by gaining your Surf Rescue Certificate, which enables you to work as a member of a team of lifesavers. As well as being able to spend time on the beach, you will have the opportunity to make new friends that will stay with you for life.
Participants who want to be involved in the surf club but not necessarily patrol on the beach. As an Associate Member you will meet adults who are happy to help out when they have the time, and others who have specific skills they wish to contribute. As an Associate Member, you’re not required to hold a surf life saving qualification- so if you prefer to be out of the surf rather than in it, this is a great way for you to be involved.
A Community Membership is a new membership category for Surf Life Saving that would allow people to join their local Surf Life Saving Club, without the initial intention or need to participate directly in lifesaving activities.