How To Join

Pathways To Membership


The Surf Life Saving movement is largely a volunteer organisation, that is run and staffed almost exclusively by volunteers (with the exception of a small number of paid full time staff). Surf Life Saving Australia is organised by State, with each state being broken down into one or more Branches. Each Branch is in turn made up of clubs.

North Bondi is the oldest Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) in the world, and is where the Surf Life Saving movement originated!

There are several different pathways to membership in a Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), depending on your age.

  • Nippers – Children aged 5 and up can join Nippers, where they learn basic surf safety and competency skills in the sand and in the water. Nippers also prepares children for the Surf Rescue Certificate. In some cases Nippers are able to attain a resuscitation certificate, after having undertaken a CPR course at the club.
  • Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) – The SRC teaches children aged 13 years and up how to become junior lifesavers, and prepares them to Patrol the beach. SRC holders are an active and important part of North Bondi’s patrolling members and perform rescues just like Bronze Medallion holders do, but are limited to manual CPR and cannot carry certain loads . It is not necessary for an SRC candidate to have participated in Nippers, but it certainly helps prepare them!
  • Bronze Medallion – Candidates aged 15 years and older are eligible to undertake the Bronze Medallion. The Bronze Medallion is the minimum certification required to patrol the beach as an adult, and provides the holder with a Certificate II in Aquatic Rescue. As part of their Bronze Medallion training, candidates are taught beach management,  surf rescue, Radios and CPR using basic Oxygen and Defibrillation techniques. It is not necessary for a Bronze Medallion candidate to hold an SRC or have participated in Nippers, but it is not unusual for SLSC members to have joined at age 5 and worked their way through the various courses that the club offers.

Surf Rescue Certificate


The aim of the (SLSA) Surf Rescue Certificate course, is to provide younger club members who have come through the nippers ranks  with the knowledge of basic patrolling, first aid and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in life saving operations.

Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years old on the date of final assessment.

This is the minimum water safety qualification required if you wish to compete for your club, and also includes participating on patrols within your Club as well as water safety.

The course has the following learning outcomes:

  • rescue techniques (boards/rescue tubes),
  • surf awareness,
  • resuscitation (CPR),
  • first aid,
  • improve fitness, team work, patrolling.

Course Duration: Approximately 8-10 weeks


  • Candidates must be 13 years old (on the date of the final assessment)
  • Candidates must swim 200 meters in 5 minutes (or less) in swimming pool no less than 25 metres, (or over a measured open water course on flat water). This requirement must be fulfilled prior to commencing any training

All eligible Under 14 Nippers will be given an opportunity to complete their SRC.

Bronze Medallion (BM)

If you are over 15 you get undertake your BM. This is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia. And it is for anyone young or old. At North Bondi we hold courses aimed a different age groups. If you are 15 to 18 then the Bronze (15 – 18) is for you although priority into this course is given to existing members of the club. If you are over 18 then please sign up for our Bronze (>18) programme.

The course is 8 weeks in total with a theory session (weeknights 7pm to 9pm) with a beach session on Saturdays or Sundays. The 8 weeks includes a mock assessment and a final assessment. The next courses will start in October 2016. A prerequisite timed swim (400m in 9 minutes) must be completed prior to the start of the course and must be done at one of the set swim sessions.

The next induction will be in the Spring of 2017.

For More information, Please Contact:

Daniel Dunlop (Bronze (15-18) Coordinator) or Jodie Salmon (Bronze >18 Coordinator) via our online contact form.

What do I do if I already hold a Bronze Medallion?

If you were an existing member of North Bondi and want to rejoin or if you hold a BM and what to transfer clubs. Then you need to complete an application form to be reviewed by the membership committee. This committee will make recommendations or seek further information. The final decision about joining or rejoining is made by the Board of Management.

For an application form, please make a General Inquiry via our online contact form

Want to join the club but you feel that you would not be able to achieve a Bronze Medallion?

We have many other options within the club. Please comake a General Inquiry via our online contact form