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by Gill Lockhart (subscribe)
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Published July 9th 2017
Get involved and learn new skills for life
Surf Life Saving SA not only saves lives, but changes lives.

This incredible organisation offers something for everyone and with over 25 local clubs throughout South Australia, there has never been a better time to live an active life and embrace the Australian way of life.

Over 25 Surf Life Saving local clubs throughout South Australia
Over 25 Surf Life Saving local clubs throughout South Australia

There are so many different ways to become involved from fundraising, perfecting the BBQ, being a committee member, driving the rescue boat, manning the radio, training and assessing to donning the red and yellow to become a Surf Life Saver.

Get involved at Surf Life Saving South Australia
Get involved at Surf Life Saving South Australia

Most of the time needed is during the weekends to help patrol beaches at popular times, provide safety information to the public and increase the awareness of the clubs.

Wearing the red and yellow comes with a lot of pride and passion, and does require volunteers to gain the Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion. The Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) is the introductory award for patrolling surf lifesavers and is a minimum requirement for participation in surf sports competition as an Under 15. The Bronze Medallion course is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia and provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness.

Learn how to become a lifesaver with SA Surf Life Saving
Learn how to become a great lifesaver

Learn new skills for life
Learn new skills for life

Once joined, there are a number of different courses on offer from first aid, rescue boat crew, radio operator, patrol captain, advanced resuscitation, pain management, silver medallion beach management and gold medallion, working your way from lifesaver to lifeguard.

And if you're not quite sure about joining as a member yet, you can still gain the benefits from some of these courses as non-member. Courses in CPR, First Aid and pool lifeguard are held in local venues throughout South Australia and help support the Surf Life Saving clubs.

The Junior Development program also offers a safe environment and educational pathway for children aged 5 to 13 years to become a Nipper. Where the beach becomes the classroom, this is a seriously fun activity to grow childrens confidence, knowledge and skills, whilst making great friends for life.

The Junior Development program is seriously fun way to grow childrens confiidence, knowledge and skills
The Junior Development program is a seriously fun way to grow childrens confiidence, knowledge and skills

Or why not go one step further and gain a job, either as an Australian Lifeguard who operate in Glenelg and Goowla or as part of the management team who strive to live by their core values of 'Investing in our people' and dedicate your career towards achieving zero preventable deaths in Australian waters.

Whichever way is best for you, joining Australia's biggest volunteer organisation comes with amazing rewards; meeting great people and getting involved in a community that is fun, challenging but most of all, giving back to the community and who knows, you may even save someone's life one day. Why not join as a family, spend time together learning new skills and be a part of the Surf Life Saving movement.

Events are held throughout the year and check out their website and Facebook page for loads more information, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

All images courtesy of Surf Life Saving websites.
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Why? Become involved and change your life
When: All year
Phone: (08) 8354 6900
Where: Throughout South Australia
Cost: Varies depending on courses
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