Brisbane Lifesaving Service

Do you know how to respond in an emergency situation? Do you want to improve your career prospects and meet new people? Do you want to join an iconic organisation steeped in history?

Learn skills you’ll have for life and more when you join Brisbane Lifesaving Service!

What is Brisbane Lifesaving Service?

Brisbane Lifesaving Service (BLS) is a ground-breaking initiative that provides Brisbane residents with the unique opportunity to learn lifesaving skills and patrol one of South-East Queensland’s beautiful beaches.

BLS members are trained in a variety of lifesaving skills including surf awareness, first aid, rescue and resuscitation while working towards the completion of a nationally-recognised Bronze Medallion qualification.

Theory is taught locally at Surf Rescue House in South Brisbane, and members travel to the Gold or Sunshine Coast for practical training in the surf.

Why join the Brisbane Lifesaving Service?

Brisbane Lifesaving Service offers its members a range of personal and professional development opportunities which few other volunteer organisations can match.

As a volunteer surf lifesaver, you will become part of an iconic Australian organisation with more than 100 years of history behind it. Have fun, form new friendships and keep fit while giving back to the community and learning vital safety skills that could one day save a life – both on and off the beach.

As a BLS member, you won’t be expected or required to patrol every weekend. Rather, you’ll have the opportunity to patrol a variety of beaches and locations on a rotational basis at your convenience across the summer season.

BLS also offers members unique personal development and community service opportunities beyond the initial surf lifesaving Bronze Medallion. Participants will also have the opportunity to move into more specialist areas on completion of their training including rescue water craft, communications and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service to name a few.

How do I get involved?

To sign up, or for further information about Brisbane Lifesaving Service, please fill in the below form or contact Surf Life Saving Queensland on (07) 3846 8056 or



Training courses are run as either a seven day intensive program or an eight week course which includes one night of theory and one full day of practical training at a beach each week. The membership fee is $170 and this includes your swimwear, training wet shirt, BLS polo shirt, full surf lifesaving patrol uniform and all training materials. Please note that all prospective members must complete a 400 metre pool swim in less than nine minutes before surf training commences. For further information, please click here to view the BLS Member Handbook.

When is the next Bronze Medallion course?

Intensive Course


6-8 Week Course


If you are interested in completing a course, please contact Surf Life Saving Queensland on (07) 3846 8056 or via email

You can view our upcoming events here.

Join the Brisbane Lifesaving Service

Brisbane Lifesaving is about community, fun and keeping Queensland beaches safe!