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Surf Life Saving NSW’s volunteers put their lives on the line to patrol our beaches, saving the lives of locals, visitors and tourists. In addition to their hours spent patrolling our beaches, volunteer trainers and assessors spend an estimated 50,000 hours each year training new and current volunteers to ensure their clubs’ sustainability into the future.

As part of a Federal Government funded program for Vocational Education and Training (VET), Surf Life Saving NSW has committed almost $1 million over the next two years to local projects delivered by Surf Life Saving Clubs and Branches to improve outcomes in Member Training & Education.

“We rely on the skill and passion of our volunteer trainers and assessors to motivate and engage new and existing members and this vital injection of funding will help to ensure they have the support and recognition they need to do their important work,” said Steven Pearce, CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW.

“This funding will complement national and state-led projects and will enable a localised approach to tackling the challenges associated with recruiting and retaining volunteers to assist with the delivery of training and education.”

Louise Cooke, Surf Life Saving NSW Learning & Development Manager added, “Any programs or projects which aim to attract new volunteers into club Education teams, to increase the diversity of these teams or to retain and recognise existing trainers and assessors will be considered. This is a great opportunity for clubs and Branches to work collaboratively and to innovate to solve local recruitment and retention issues.”

Applications open on 2 July 2018 and close 2 September 2018. For more information, visit or contact


Friday 29 June 2018