Congratulations to the Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver’s of the year

The Junior Lifesaver of the Year Award is a way for Clubs and our Branch to recognise their U14 members’ achievements in Surf Life Saving; the contributions they have made to all levels of Surf Life Saving as well as within the community.

The Junior Lifesaver of the Year Program aims to focus on recognising and rewarding the young members who have been selected as their Club’s male or female Junior Lifesaver of the Year. The program for this age group focuses on self-leadership, socialisation, teamwork, surf lifesaving and self-awareness. All U14 members who believe they could be the next Junior Lifesaver of the Year should apply through their club. The male and female Branch winners will then progress to the Surf Life Saving New South Wales development camp and interview process to determine the State winners.

Kayden Muller from Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC and Abi Matthews from Lennox Head Alstonville SLSC  were this years winners !


Member Services is the portfolio responsible for coordinating, promoting and facilitating activities and programs to enhance club member development.

The main areas of focus are:

  • Membership (recruitment, retention and statistical trends)
  • Member Development (junior surf life saving, leadership development)
  • Member Recognition (internal and external awards)
  • Member Protection and Wellbeing
  • Child Safety
  • Complaints Resolution
  • Organisational Development (structure, governance and compliance)



Active Youth (15 – 18 years): active life savers but under 18. Members must have a proficient bronze medallion and do patrols.

Active Senior (18+): active surf lifesavers (either are a lifesaver or have decided to train to become one). Members must have a proficient bronze medallion and do patrols.

Award: granted by a Club to persons who hold an award of one (or more) of the following qualifications: Surf Rescue Certificate, Radio award/s, Resuscitation Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Certificate or First Aid Certificate (or equivalent).

Nippers: a fun way for children aged 5 to 14 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment. The Junior Development Program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will give them a pathway to becoming a fully rounded participant in both life saving and sport.

Cadets: gain their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) from age 13 which allows them to become a Cadet Lifesaver and participate on patrols.

They then train to become fully qualified surf lifesavers under the guidance of experience life saving mentors.

Associate: granted by a Club to persons who may or may not hold a Surf Life Saving Australia award.

Long Service: These members have undertaken a total of 10 years satisfactory full patrolling (or 8 years of full patrols and 4 years Reserve Active patrols and are no longer required to do patrols, but are welcome to continue patrolling).

Life: a special prestigious category of membership reserved for those who are honoured in recognition of many years of ongoing commitment to the Club. Nominees for this category are discussed and voted on at the Club’s Annual General Meeting.

Member Protection & Inclusion

Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast is committed to the protection, welfare and well – being of all members and is dedicated to providing a positive and safe environment in with the SLSA Member Protection Policy and Child Safe Policy.

We take an inclusive approach, dedicated to being open to all members of the Australian community and providing a safe environment, ensuring all members are treated with respect and dignity and are protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse.

Our aim is to create a safe and nurturing environment for all members participating in surf lifesaving by following the Member Protection Code of Conduct.

Complaint Management

The MPIO is available to provide advice to all members who may have an issue or grievance at the club and is the first point of contact for any member wishing to raise a concern.

Contact your club’s MPIO, to arrange a call back.

After contacting the MPIO, should any member wish to proceed with a formal complaint, this can be lodged via the online complaints portal:

All formal complaints are handled by the Club Complaints Manager, who will treat your matter in confidence and determine the most appropriate course of action.

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