Absolutely anyone from the age of five can be a member.
There are many ways in which you can be involved; patrolling, training, coaching, competing, officiating and supporting or simply as a Community or Associate member.
If you are looking to join our voluntary patrols you would need to obtain a First Aid Certificate, Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion.
Children are invited to join our Nippers program from when they are 5 (by the 1st October) and up to 13 (but not 14 prior to 1st October). Young adults can join as Active (if they have an award) or Community members we encourage their participation in all club activities.
What will you get by being a member of the Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club?
Our club offers members access to many different training courses to gain skills which can open up many new pathways.
We’d also hope that in joining with likeminded people you would enjoy mateship and gain enjoyment from the areas that interest you, such as:
- Being part of a great team
- Meeting new friends
- Learning life saving skills
- Maintaining fitness
- Competing in surf sports
Becoming a member of the Smiths Beach Surf Lifesaving Club is, we hope, the beginning of an enjoyable journey as a part of an iconic Australian movement. We value our members and have a membership structure that is designed to reflect ways of engaging with the club.
Junior members cannot join the club on their own. Membership rules specify that both parents, where applicable, become a member along with their child. Please also note that when registering, children under 18 years that intend to compete, will need to provide proof of age (Birth Certificate or Passport).
Most of our members sign up under the Family category, whereby both parents and two kids obtain membership. In the case of there being more than two children in the club, additional Junior membership(s) will be required.
In the instance of a single parent and child joining, either a Community membership or Active membership, along with a junior membership would be suitable.
As a patrolling club, we are also seeking to recruit Active members. These are different to Community members in that Active members have or, are obtaining qualifications, that permit them to provide water safety and patrol. This membership category is the ‘life blood’ of the club as we strive to fulfil one of the pillars of the movement as Surf Lifesavers.
Community members, we hope, will seek to become Active members. Where a parent member is unable to undertake an award, we ask that they volunteer 10 hours to the club over the course of the season. There are many tasks with which they can assist that will make the club a better experience for their children.
Surf Lifesaving attracts many supporters and has many members that look upon their membership fee as a means of ensuring sustainable club operations. Associate membership is the category that is best suited to residents and local community members, businesses or supporters. These funds assist the club in maintaining equipment to provide Surf Lifesaving services and ensuring our education and awareness programs can be delivered to the highest possible standard.
Regardless of your membership category, we ask that you volunteer 10 hours over the course of the season. There are a variety of ways to help such as: cooking the BBQ, serving food and drinks, set-up and pack-away. Many hands make light work!