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 board riding codes including: shortboard, longboard, bodyboard, kneeboard, 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?

  • 1 hour = component 2 – Surfers Rescue 24/7 board rescue techniques
  • 2 hours = component 1 – Surfers Rescue 24/7 nationally accredited CPR course through SLSNSW (optional)

How can I register?
1. Contact Surfing NSW by emailing your interest to info@surfingnsw.com.au
2. Contact your local boardrider club HERE

NOTE: Courses are based on demand. If you have 15+ participants please contact 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 – you will require a surfboard for mock rescues
Pen – CPR component
Identification – e.g. drivers license

NOTE: If you are attending a CPR course, you will need to generate and 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, Surfing NSW will send your digital certificate one week after course completion.
2. Surfing NSW requires your postal address to post your Nationally Accredited CPR Card (through Surf Life Saving NSW).

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