New members to the Glenelg SLSC are always welcome.

Whether a potential champion competitor, a beach lover, or someone who enjoys the magnificent surrounds of the Glenelg foreshore, the Glenelg SLSC has something to offer. New members will find the atmosphere of the club very inviting, and provide a basis for meeting many new friends, keeping fit and performing a great community service. With fantastic meals and full bar facilities at a discount price to our members, why wouldn’t you?

Glenelg SLSC offers new senior members training to complete their bronze medallion.

This includes most training resources that are required (such as consumables and manuals) plus a highly competent instructor helping you along the way.  The bronze medallion is a requirement if patrolling duties are to be carried out. As bronze training is structured as a group activity, new members will find it a great way to meet fellow new members, have a laugh, and learn invaluable lifesaving techniques.

Our members are required to Patrol over the summer in various roles from First Aid, Tower Duties, Roving Patrols and of course our core Patrolling from the tent setup North of the Jetty. We like to mix it up and have some fun whilst keeping our beaches safe.

Glenelg Surf Club has a number of membership options.  The option you choose will depend on a couple of things, such as age, swimming ability and your ability to volunteer time to patrol Glenelg beach.

Age 7-14 years

Our “nipper” program is designed to teach children beach awareness and safety along with competition skills. For more information click here.

Age 15 and over

You are eligible to train to gain your Bronze medallion which is the initial qualification you require to patrol the beach.

This qualification requires you to be able to swim 400m in under 9 minutes in a pool and be prepared to volunteer approximately 6 x 3 hours over weekends and public holidays to patrol the beach.

Swimming Ability

One of the major roles that a surf club plays is to provide support and safety on the beach.  To do this we have teams of patrols who are allocated times to be on the beach watching and helping the public to remain safe.

The base qualification required to patrol is the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) which is available to anyone over the age of 13.  A pre requisite of joining to train for your SRC is that you can competently swim 200m in under 5 minutes.

If you are 15 and over you can train and gain the Bronze Medallion.  The majority of our patrolling members who are over 15 hold this qualification.  The pre requisite for this qualification is to be able to confidently swim 400m in under 9 minutes.

If you can’t swim and meet this time then you still have options.  You can gain a First Aid qualification or Advanced Resuscitation qualification and still patrol while working on your swimming to improve.

Volunteering Time   

To join Glenelg Surf Club as a patrolling member you need to be prepared to volunteer your time to patrol the beach.  Our patrols normally operate from October to April every Saturday and Sunday plus public holidays.  We have two patrols each day 11.45-3.15 and 3-6pm.  Patrols are also rostered for special events and may be required at other times than those above.  We have about 16 patrol teams and they are rostered over this period.

Patrols are fun and we mix it up with roving patrols, tower patrols, and our core Patrol unit just north of the jetty. There’s always loads to do during the day plus there is always the odd game of cricket on a quiet day

If don’t think you can commit to this requirement you again have options.

Request a dispensation and patrol when you can.

Request a dispensation and provide water cover either at junior trainings or at carnivals.

You can also join the club as a social member and assist with fundraising events for example                    

Surf Awards

Download the PDF below for the SLSA Surf Awards. To find out more contact our Chief Instructor.

Surf Life Saving SA Awards Summary PDF