2015/16 Lifesaving Exchange Program

The Lifesaving Exchange Program targets members who are currently Patrol Captains or identified to be future Patrol Captains between the ages of 18 and 25 years.

The skills learnt during the program will be useful personally, and can be implemented within your own club. Overall, the program aims to:

  • Broaden the lifesaving experience and skills of participants
  • Provide development opportunities for our members
  • Increase lifesaving standards across New South Wales

The Lifesaving Exchange Program consists of two programs run concurrently on the Australia Day Long Weekend in January. The program is offered at no cost to the participant, with Surf Life Saving New South Wales covering the travel, accommodation and meal costs.

Country to City Exchange (Sydney)

Location: Sydney Branch
Activities:

  • Patrol at Bondi and Maroubra Beaches
  • Practical application of elements of the Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management and Silver Medallion Aquatic Search and Rescue courses
  • Participate in practical search and rescue exercises with Surf Rescue 30 (Offshore Rescue Boat) and RWCs
  • Tour of the Lifesaver 1 Rescue Helicopter Base (La Perouse)
  • Tour of local incident hotspot areas

Open to members from Far North Coast, North Coast, Mid North Coast, Lower North Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast and Far South Coast Branches.

City to Country Exchange (Far North Coast)

Location: Far North Coast Branch
Activities:

  • Patrol at Byron Bay and Ballina Beaches
  • Practical application of elements of the Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management and Silver Medallion Aquatic Search and Rescue courses
  • Participate in practical search and rescue exercises with Surf Rescue 40 (Jet Rescue Boat) and RWCs
  • Tour of the Northern Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Base (Lismore)
  • Tour of local incident hotspot areas

Open to members from Central Coast, Sydney Northern Beaches and Sydney Branches.

Eligibility

Due to the physical components of the program, the following eligibility criteria has been set;

  • Financial member of an affiliated New South Wales Surf Life Saving Club
  • Over the age of 18 years and under the age of 26 years on Saturday 23 January 2016
  • Proficient in SLS Bronze Medallion on Friday 1 January 2016

How to apply

Read over the circular here (pdf)

To apply for the program, please complete the online application here.

All applications must be endorsed by the participants club.

Applications will be assessed on their eligibility before being collated and forwarded to Branches for endorsement and prioritisation based on their application answers and current involvement in Surf Life Saving.

Each Branch is allocated two spots on the program, however depending on nominations, more allocations may be provided to a Branch.

Download the Participant Terms and Conditions here (pdf)

Applications close on Wednesday 18 November 2015.