At the start of the 2018/2019 season, SLSA updated the organisational wide membership categories. This update simplified the 15 previous categories into 5 primary categories, with each of the previous categories becoming a designated ‘sub category’.

New Primary Categories:

  • Junior

  • Active

  • Honorary/Service

  • Associate

  • Community

For the purposes of the 2018/2019 season, members are asked to reference the ‘sub-category’ in regarding any membership enquires or concerns.

Each below is now a ‘sub-category’.

Membership Sub-Categories

Junior Activities (Nippers) (5-13 Years)

The age group for the junior lifesavers is a minimum age of 5 years and up to a maximum age of 13 years (age for a season is calculated as of midnight 30 September).

Active Cadet (13-15 Years)

Cadets shall be a minimum age of 13 years and up to 15 years of age on a seasonal basis. Cadet members begin with the training of the Surf Rescue Certificate. The Surf Rescue Certificate is the minimum requirement to become a surf lifesaver.

Active Junior (15–18 Years)

Active Juniors are those members between the age of 15 and 18 years who hold the Bronze Medallion Award.

Active (18 Years +)

Active members are those members over the age of 18 years who hold the minimum requirement of the Bronze Medallion.

Long Service

A long service member is one who has completed ten years of active service or eight years of active service plus four years of reserve active service. Members in this category shall be exempt from all patrol obligations.

Active Reserve

Active Reserve members are those members who have completed eight years of voluntary service. Members at this level perform a minimum number of patrol hours.


Award members are those members who are proficient holders of one of the following awards:
Radio Operators, Resuscitation Certificate, ART-Advanced Resuscitation Technique, First Aid or Surf Rescue Certificate. Members who have these qualifications also assist with patrol operations.


An Associate member may or may not hold an Association award. Associate members shall not have affiliated club voting rights unless elected to office or position.

Past Active

A previous active member who has paid membership fees but has not been certified proficient in the season.

Life Membership

Life Membership may be granted by our Club to members that have rendered distinguished or special services over a period of 10 years within a 15-year period.


Any person for the time period between applying for membership and the gaining of an award and/or granting of a formal category of membership.