2013 Lifesaving Exchange Program

Surf Life Saving NSW will run its annual Lifesaving Exchange Program from 25-28 January 2013 and applications are now open.

The Lifesaving Exchange program has been designed to provide an 'urban' patrolling experience for young Patrol Captains from country branches by rostering them on busy Sydney city patrols such as Bondi, Coogee and Maroubra over a weekend in January 2013.

Similarly members from Sydney and Sydney Northern Beaches Branches are provided with a regional lifesaving experience and will visit Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head.

The purpose of the exchange is to expose talented lifesavers to the way clubs are run in different areas of the state. Through the exchange, participants are also exposed to the different Support Services that the Branches have to offer - such as the Offshore Rescue Boat, Ballina Jet Boat and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter.

Participants are given firsthand experience in operating/crewing an inflatable rescue boat, performing board rescues, driving an all terrain vehicle, searching for lost children, conducting roving patrols, performing basic first aid and observing the Surfcom operations.

The benefit to our country lifesavers is that they learn strategies and receive practical experience on how to manage high intensity patrolling situations that they are not traditionally exposed to on their home beaches. In contrast, city Patrol Captains will get an opportunity to mentor country members and assist with implementation of new strategies and ideas.

While the main aims of the program are to broaden the lifesaving experience of participants, promote the development of lifesaving skills and increase lifesaving standards across NSW, this program also acts as a fantastic way to reward our young lifesavers who tirelessly volunteer many hours each season to keep the public safe.

For more information or to apply for the program, visit the Lifesaving Exchange event page.

Fri 9 Nov 2012