Lifesavers and Lifeguards provide a valuable service on beaches and in communities throughout Australia – many exceptional rescues and first aids preformed over and above normal duties and which showcase excellence in lifesaving skills and procedures often go unrecognised.
The Rescue of the Month aims to recognise excellence in lifesaving and service delivery, measured against industry best practice and operating procedures. It is not aimed to encourage unnecessary risk or neglect of safety considerations.
Winners of the Branch Rescue of the Month award are automatically nominated for the next stage in the award program, being the State in this case, State winners then go on to be nominated for National Rescue of the Month recognition.
Clubs and Support Operations organisations are encouraged to nominate teams or individuals involved in any outstanding rescues conducted during or outside of patrol hours, year round, on or off the beach.
Nominations can be made by completing the nomination form and forwarding it to the Branch office on or before the due date each month. Detailed information on due dates can be found on the SLSNSW website here.
Meritorious Awards are awarded to affiliated clubs and/or their members and/or the public for outstanding deeds of bravery performed during lifesaving operations of SLSA (during and outside of designated patrol hours).
Meritorious Awards are established in two sections, each divided into three grades, as follows:
Certificate of Merit
Group or Club Award
Certificate of Merit with Silver Medallion inset
Certificate of Merit with Bronze Medallion inset
Certificate of Merit
Note: The State Centre Meritorious Awards Committee may be required to assist in the investigation
Commendations recognise outstanding team work, rescue skills, rescue management, individual displays of initiative and resourcefulness, and well conducted rescue activity (e.g. first aid, resuscitation, IRB rescues, board and tube rescues etc.) by members of Surf Life Saving Australia. This recognition award includes rescues or application of lifesaving skills by club members in exceptional circumstances on or off the beach, e.g. resuscitation of a person struck by lightning.
Nominations can be made by completing the Meritorious Award Nomination form and forwarding it to the Branch office on or before the due date each month.