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Surf Life Saving


Young people can do their Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award through Surf Life Saving, many of the Surf Life Saving activities can be counted towards their Award.

Below is a list of many of the activities that fit with each of the Award sections.  You can use other suitable activities, however these are the ones that are an integral part of Surf Life Saving.


How Surf Lifesaving can help you gain your Award:

There are a lot of activities you may already be doing that can count towards your Award. Here are a few examples to help get you started:

Service: Your time on patrol as a lifeguard counts towards this, along with any of the other volunteer activity that you do around your club, school, sport or community. Coach or manage a sports team, fundraise for a charity, volunteer at the SPCA, become a leader at a youth club.

Physical: All of your surf sport training and competition activities contribute to this, as well as any other sports you may do such as soccer or netball, athletics, skiing, kayaking, kickboxing, horse riding, running, dancing

Skills: All the surf lifeguard awards and qualifications you do can count towards this, along with skills you develop in other areas eg: play a musical instrument, learn a craft such as jewellery making, referee or umpire for a sport, learn sign language, drama and theatre skills

Adventurous Journey or Exploration: This is something that you will plan for, it involves being part of a team and completing an expedition for a set number of days. Journeys do not have to be done on foot, they can also be done on horseback, in a boat, on a bicycle – in fact anything without an engine!

Residential Project (Gold Award only): attend a residential programme for five days and four nights with people you don’t know and undertake purposeful activity – helping at a youth camp, attend a youth event overseas.



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