The primary goal of patrolling members and lifeguards is the prevention of potentially life threatening situations on the beach and in the water. This requires the development of skills in marine safety and aquatic rescue as well as achieving and maintaining a level of fitness to enable our members to participate in beach patrols and rescues.
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 sun hat.
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 wellbeing
- Surf awareness and skills
- Anatomy and physiology
- First aid
- Resuscitation (CPR)
- Radio communications
- Rescue techniques
- Carries and Support
- Patrol methods
Surf lifesavers utilise a wide variety of equipment to assist in patrolling the beaches of Queensland. Rescue equipment comes in many different forms, designed to accommodate difficult surf environments, and its many hazards. The Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club operates and services a range of equipment including:
- Rescue Tubes
- Rescue Boards
- First Aid / Medical equipment
- Oxygen equipment
- Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB)
- All Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
- Surf Safety signage
- Drag nets for detection of stingers
- Communications system and equipment
You can become a surf lifesaver if you are young or simply young at heart. There is a role for everyone in or out of the water. You can make a difference to the safety of our beaches, and be part of an Australian icon.
Find out more about becoming a surf lifesaver and Join Today!