Surf Lifeguard Award


The Surf Lifeguard Award (SLA), prior to 2003 referred to as the Surf Proficiency Award (SPA), is the standard qualification required to perform coastal lifeguard duties, be this in a voluntary or professional role.

The training is structured to provide the candidates with the relevant skills needed to execute rescues in the ocean or surf environment and if required, deliver basic first aid and resuscitation assistance.

Course Entry Requirements

Physical Requirements

Successful candidates will need to be able to complete the following surf swimming and rescue simulation evaluation activities, displaying a fair level of fitness and ability in the ocean environment.

Course Content

Course Duration

A minimum period of 50 hours (7 - 9 days) of instruction is required per course. This instruction is spread over a period of time and divided approximately into 60% practical and 40% theoretical training lectures.

Candidate Evaluation and Certification

Independent examiners that have not been involved with their instruction evaluate candidates. The candidates are evaluated on all aspects of the award with the duration of the evaluation being approximately 5 hours.

Successful candidates are certified by Lifesaving S.A. Certification is valid for a period of 3 years, pending the successful completion of an annual fitness and resuscitation assessment.




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