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Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club

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Sorrento is located near the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. It is famous for its beautiful bay and ocean beaches. Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club has more than 500 members. Each patrol season club members perform in excess of 20 rescues and over 200 preventative actions on the main ocean beach. The Club is an active member of the local community, patrolling the back beach, providing sport and recreation, water safety training, skill development and offering frontline first aid and emergency services.

The Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club operates patrols on weekends and public holidays from the end of November through to Easter. The club patrols Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday and Public holidays.  Professional Life Guards patrol the beach on weekdays (10am-6pm) during the peak season.


To become a Lifesaver you need to be 15 years of age or higher and complete your Bronze examination.  Each year Sorrento SLSC conducts a training program which culminates in formal assessment. The training is a combination of theory and practical work on: Surf Awareness, Emergency Care, Basic First Aid, Resuscitation, Radio Operations & Comms., Surf Skills, Surf Rescue Skills & Patrol Operations. The Bronze Medallion is a nationally recognised rescue qualification. For many members, obtaining a Bronze Medallion is achieved after completing Nippers and then moving through our CADET program with an SRC qualification.


At Sorrento SLSC, the final year of Nippers is called CADETS. Cadets are trained to obtain a formal qualification, the Surf Rescue Certificate. At Sorrento SLSC, we also train the parents of Nippers to be Water Safety Officers and they are trained to the Surf Rescue Certificate standard. 

The SRC is the very first stage of becoming a lifesaver. For U/13 - U/14's who participate in the Surf Lifesaving Competitions the SRC is a compulsory requirement, along with minimum patrol hours to compete at Local & State Competitions/Carnivals. The SRC award is also a pathway to achieving a Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) Bronze Medallion in their Cadet year once turning 15 years.

Prerequisites include being able to swim 200m within 5 minutes (time to be signed by SLS qualified coach, SLS Trainer &/or Assessor) and be a minimum 13 years of age at time of final assessment


Sorrento Nippers is a Junior Development program for children 7-13 years of age. The weekly program consists of 9 Club Sessions and Optional Competitions and Training sessions commencing early December and running through to March. Sessions take place on both the back beach and bay beach on Sunday mornings from 9am-11.30am.  Training sessions are an optional extra for the more competitive nippers and are generally held on Fridays or Saturday afternoons. &

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