What is the “Surfers Rescue 24/7” Course?
Surfers Rescue 24/7 is a free CPR and board rescue course for any recreational surfer in NSW.

Beach usage, whether for sport, recreation or competition, comes with inherent risk – the program aims to minimize this risk through the provision of free training to the NSW surfing community.

In conjunction with pro-surfers who are currently working as lifeguards, Surfing NSW has identified board rescue techniques that may prove to be crucial in times of need.

Please download the Full Course Brochure here.

Who we are 
Surfing NSW has been the governing body of surfing in the state since 1963, covering all boardriding codes including shortboarding, longboarding, bodyboarding and stand up paddleboarding.

What we do
Surfing NSW seeks to encourage, promote, advance and administer the sport of surfing in NSW. The organization is actively involved in all levels of the industry; from developing educational programs and training coaches and judges, to providing pathway initiatives for both young and experienced surfers.

The concept
Surfing NSW, with support of the NSW Government are giving all surfers in NSW the opportunity to do a free CPR and Board Rescue Course – “Surfers Rescue 24/7”.

Surfing has been part of the Australian society since the late 50’s and during this time, recreational surfers from all walks of life have been instrumental in helping to keep our beaches safe.

Be it a patrolled or unpatrolled beach across NSW, Surfers are on the beach from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. A lot of them are responsible for hundreds of thousands of unsung rescues.

What’s involved?

  • 2.5 – 3 hours maximum total duration broken down to:
  • 2 hours = component 1 – Surfers Rescue 24/7 nationally accredited CPR course
    1 hour = component 2 – Surfers Rescue 24/7 board rescue techniques
  • How can I register?
    1. Contact Surfing NSW and enter an” Interested Participant” list (based on demand) HERE
    2. Contact your local boardrider club HERE

    NOTE: Courses are based on demand. If you have more 15+ participants call Surfing NSW and we can arrange your course.

    What do I need to bring?
    Wetsuit – participants will be asked to participate in mock-up rescues in the surf
    Surfboard – using your own board is beneficial
    Pen – accreditation CPR process
    Identification – e.g. drivers license

    NOTE: You will need to generate & bring along your USI (Unique Student Identification) to get your CPR Certificate generated via the government website: http://www.usi.gov.au/

    Accreditation Process and Outcome
    1. Complete course and onsite registration form to attain Surfing NSW Surfers Rescue Certificate.
    2. Surfing NSW directly mails your Nationally Accredited CPR Card (through Surf Life Saving NSW).

    Reporting your Rescues
    Saved someone while surfing? Report your rescue.
    Log your rescue HERE and you will go in the draw to win $100 cash and surf gear prizes every month.