The most important function of Hampton Life Saving Club is providing a safe environment, and we aim to achieve this through patrols on weekends and public holidays during the summer. Our goal is to ensure effective, efficient lifesaving patrol service to the public and to protect and preserve human life at Hampton Beach.
The patrol season commences in November and continues through Easter each year. To be eligible for patrols, members need to have a Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion. Courses for these usually commence in August or September, and complete in October. There are parent-friendly and intensive schedules available. Final qualification is held at the end of November for all courses. Learn more about training or lifesaving qualifications offered by the club below, or reach out to our Director of Lifesaving with questions or to sign up.
Patrolling doesn't have to be a big time commitment. Regular patrollers form rostered patrol teams that generally take a half-dozen five- to six-hour shifts each season. However, other patrollers come in for occasional patrols or partial shifts. Any contribution is welcomed, and it's a great activity you can do as a family.
Types of Lifesaving Qualifications
There are a number of lifesaving qualifications:
Bronze Medallion (15+ years on the date of the assessment)
Surf Rescue Certificate (13+ years on the date of the assessment)
Senior First Aid, Spinal Management
ART, Beach Management
IRB Crew, IRB Driver
Grey Medallion (55+)
If you are over 55, you may be interested in Grey Medallion training, aimed at beach goers, general public and members who have an interest in increasing their current knowledge, experience and understanding of open water environments and water safety.
Requalification and New Qualifications
Each year, anyone who holds a lifesaving award needs to complete a brief practical assessment to refresh their knowledge. This is usually run at Hampton, and you will be assisted by members who walk you through the process. An online theory assessment is required prior to requalification for some awards (SRC, BM, IRBC, IRBD), some as short as five questions. You will be advised if you need to take a theory assessment when you book in for your qualification or requalification online.
To book in for a qualification or requalification, please go to your My LSV Anywhere Account, log in and register for the courses that apply to you. Note: You MUST have your membership fees current when you are assessed or you will not be covered by insurance. If you are over 18, you must also have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) registered to HLSC and LSV.
If you have any specific queries, please contact our Director of Lifesaving, Lucas Welsh.
The Patrol Roster for each season will be published in late October. Members who have nominated to be a part of a regular patrol team will be allocated with their team to around six shifts over the season. Members with a BM or SRC are encouraged to allocate themselves to part or full patrols a few times throughout the season. In order to add yourself or edit your roster, you will need to sign up for an account via our club site. If you are rostered on, your account will have already been set up for you. If you are a casual patroller, you can create an account by clicking the button below.
Changing Rostered Shifts
If you have been rostered on as part of a regular patrol team and can't make a specific date, please find someone to swap with. You can change your rostered day and time in the patrol roster. Detailed instructions regarding signing up to the roster can be found here.
Training allows members to become involved in the Australian tradition of volunteer service and lifesaving, and our aim is to be recognised for the quality of our lifesaving training. The club training team strives to create a learning environment that provides opportunities for personal development in life saving education and awards. We endeavour to do this in a fun, supportive and relaxed way, so everyone feels comfortable as they develop their competence.
Many of the skills and awards we offer are accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF) and are highly valued by employers and other community organisations.There are many training opportunities offered throughout the season in aquatic rescue, power craft, first aid and emergency care. Dates will be posted as soon as available. To view current training programs, dates and times, please refer to the Events section of TeamApp.