Freshwater SLSC offers many membership categories

More About Our Membership types:

Probationary Members

Probationary membership is the designation of any person for the time period between applying for membership and gaining of an award or finalisation of a transfer application.

Junior Activity (“Nipper”) Members

Junior Activity members (Nippers) need to be between 5 and 13 years of age by 30 September. Activities are organized in aged groups ranging from 5/6 to Under 14 with formal competition commencing in the Under 8 age group.

Cadet Members

Cadet members are between the ages of 13 and 15 and need to obtain the Surf Rescue Certificate and pass an annual proficiency test. They are also required to undertake patrol duties.

Active Members

Active members aged 15 years or more who have achieved the Bronze Medallion. Active members are required to undertake patrol duties each season and pass an annual proficiency test. There are two categories of Active member – juniors (15 -18 years) and seniors (18 years plus) which are calculated based on the person’s age as at 30 September. Active members have full voting rights at all meetings of the club.

Past Active Member

Active members who have been active patrol members for a minimum of three (3) years may be granted Past Active membership by the Executive Committee. Past Active members may have club voting rights at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

Reserve Active Members

Reserve Active membership may be granted to active members who have satisfactorily completed (from the gaining of the Bronze Medallion) at least eight (8) years of patrol and Club obligations. Reserve Active membership is not automatic and needs to be approved by the Executive Committee. It can also be granted under exceptional circumstances irrespective of the years of service.

Reserve Active members shall perform a minimum of patrols as per current requirements of Surf Life Saving Australia and further duties at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

Reserve Active members are required to complete the annual proficiency test. Reserve Active members have full voting rights at all meetings of the club.

Long Service Members

Long Service Membership may be granted to members who have completed ten (10) years active service (i.e. patrol duties as a BM holder) or have completed eight (8) years active service plus four (4) years reserve active service.

Long Service members may be exempted from all patrol duties. If they wish to compete for the club in carnivals, they must pass the annual proficiency test. Long Service members have full voting rights at all meetings of the club.

Associate Members

Associate Membership is available to anyone 35 years of age or older who may or may not hold an SLSA award.  The membership fees for Associate Membership are more than fees for other categories of membership. Associate Members do not have voting rights at club meetings.

Award Members

Award Membership may be granted to persons who hold an SLSA award of one, or more, of the following designations: Radio Award/s, Resuscitation Certificate, Surf Rescue Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Certificate or First Aid Certificate (or equivalent).

Award members may be called upon to perform patrol and/or other club obligations consistent with their qualifications. Award members do not have voting rights at club meetings.

General Members (Nipper Insured Parents)

General Membership (Nipper Insured Parent) is available to parents of junior activity members. The membership provides them with SLSA insurance coverage when helping out with junior activity or general club activities. General Members do not have voting rights at club meetings.

Honorary Members

Honorary Membership may be approved by the Executive Committee to anyone whether or not they hold an SLSA award. The Mayor of the local council and members of the junior activities committee who are not otherwise a member of the club are considered honorary members.

Life Members

Life Membership of the club may be granted to any member who has rendered distinguished or special service to the Club. Life members have full voting rights at club meetings.

General (Non-Local Member)

Available to members living overseas, interstate or outside of the greater Metropolitan area.

Associate (Community Supporter Member)

A maximum of ten(10) people may be admitted to the club as an Associate (Community Supporter Member) subject to approval by the Executive Committee. Benefits of this membership include -
 
  • access to the club gym and member change rooms;

  • approval to store either a surf ski or board (not including surfboards or stand up paddle boards) at the club, subject to availability of space;

  • 2 free drinks at Freshie on Fridays or other club functions as may be approved by the Executive Committee;

  • an invitation to attend the Australia Day Surf Carnival as a guest of the club;

  • an opportunity to participate in any surf awareness or general surf skills sessions (water and/or board) which may be conducted by the club;

  • an opportunity to undertake Bronze Medallion training at no extra cost;

  • receipt of club newsletters;

  • receipt of a club merchandise pack, the contents of which shall be as determined by the Executive Committee;

  • formal recognition of themselves and/or their business as a supporter of the club in the Annual Report and/or by other means as may be determined by the Executive Committee.