What are the benefits of being a surf lifesaver?
Surf lifesaving is about satisfaction. Having fun, being physically fit, learning teamwork and aquatic safety skills, competing in surf sports, and helping make surfing a safer pastime. At Windang we can offer a range of opportunities which will promote:
• A healthy lifestyle
• A sense of pride
• A sense of responsibility and purpose
• Positive social relationships
There is a place for everyone in the surf lifesaving movement. If you are unable to perform the duties of an active surf lifesaver, then perhaps assistance in the administration, communications or fundraising areas is for you.
Who can join Windang?
Membership of Windang Surf Life Saving Club is open to anybody, regardless of age, race, religion or gender.
What do I have to do to be a surf lifesaver?
The Bronze Medallion is the minimum requirement for an active surf lifesaver. To obtain this award you must be over the age of 15 and demonstrate proficiency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology.
Before commencing training for the Bronze Medallion you will be required to complete a 400-metre swim in nine minutes or less, in a swimming pool of no less than 25m, or over a measured open water course. Once this has been completed, our qualified instructors will train you to the level of a proficient surf lifesaver.
At the completion of your training, which will take a couple of months, your physical fitness will be tested by a run-swim-run (a 200m run followed by a 200m swim and then another 200m run) which has to be completed in under eight minutes. You will also be examined on theory, basic resuscitation and first aid and participate in a simulated rescue situation using a rescue board and tube.
All these skills combine to train you to be an effective member of a patrol team.
There are many more awards and qualifications you can obtain when joining our club……so come on and give it a go……THE AUSTRALIAN WAY OF LIFE!