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Surf Lifesavers

What is a Surf Lifesaver?

Surf Lifesavers are men and women who volunteer their time to provide aquatic supervision all over Australia’s coastal environment. Currently Surf Life Saving Queensland has more than 8000 active lifesavers who patrol the beach every weekend through affiliated community based volunteer clubs.

Identifying a Surf Lifesaver

All qualified surf lifesavers wear the internationally recognised red and yellow patrol uniform and can be identified by wearing the red and yellow quartered cap, long sleeved yellow shirt, red shorts, swimming costume, and hat.

The red and yellow cap is an internationally recognised safety symbol and is proudly worn by surf lifesavers so they are easily identified by the public, particularly when they are performing patrol duties in the water. The cap is also worn by lifesavers for their own safety so they can easily be identified by fellow lifesavers.


Surf lifesavers hold the minimum requirement of a Bronze Medallion. The Bronze Medallion teaches a range of activities in order to be able to perform all the basic requirements of a lifesaver including:

  • Safety and wellbeingTy 2
  • Surf awareness and skills
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • First aid
  • Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Communications
  • Radio communications
  • Rescue techniques
  • Carries and Support
  • Patrol methods