Rescue of the Month

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.

Nomination Process

Clubs and Support Operations are to nominate using the official Rescue of the Month Nomination Form. Nominations must be submitted by the due date as late nominations will not be considered.

Key dates for 2021/22 are as follows:


Nomination Period Online Form to be Submitted by SLSNSW Closing Date NSW ROTM Announced
1-31 July 2021
13/8/2021 20/8/2021 27/8/2021
1-31 August 2021 (August) 10/9/2021 17/9/2021 24/9/2021
1-30 September 2021 (September) 15/10/2021 22/10/2021 29/10/2021
1-31 October 2021 (October) 12/11/2021 19/11/2021 26/11/2021
1-30 November 2021 (November) 17/12/2021 24/12/2021 31/12/2021
1-31 December 2021 (December) 14/1/2022 21/1/2022 28/1/2022
1-31 January 2022 (January) 11/2/2022 18/2/2022 25/2/2022
1-28 February 2022 (February) 11/3/2022 18/3/2022 25/3/2022
1-31 March 2022
15/4/2022 22/4/2022 29/4/2022
1-30 April 2022
13/5/2022 20/5/2022 27/5/2022
1-31 May 2022
10/6/2022 17/6/2022 24/6/2022
1-30 June 2022
15/7/2022 22/7/2022 29/7/2022


2021/22 Winners

July 2021 – Manly LSC


2020/21 Winners

June 2020 – Freshwater SLSC

October 2020 – Queenscliff SLSC

November 2020 – Avalon Beach SLSC

January 2021 – Whale Beach SLSC

February 2021 – Palm Beach SLSC

March 2021 – North Steyne SLSC

April 2021 – Avalon Beach SLSC

Meritorious Awards

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:

Individual Award
Silver Medallion
Bronze Medallion
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.

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