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We hope that as a member of Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club you feel welcome, have the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful beach, form lasting friendships, contribute to Queensland’s biggest volunteer organisation and learn new skills.

Our club was founded in 1921 at Neilson Park and has a long, proud history in the Bundaberg region.  During the 2020/21 season, our volunteers and members of the Australian Lifeguard Service kept over 30 000 visitors to our beach safe.

The surf life saving patrolling season runs September to May. Sign on days for Nippers are in early September, however anyone can join at any time throughout the season. 


Nipper Sign-On Days

Location: Bundaberg Swim Academy, Fitzgerald Street Bundaberg

Dates and Times:

Sunday 5th September 2021, 9-11am

Sunday 12th September 2021, 9-11am

Can't attend a sign on day? Join online here and select 'Bundaberg' as your club!

Are you an existing member? Info on membership renewal can be found here.


  • All nippers must complete a pool swim each season before joining in activities at the beach.  Please read the skills evaluation and other information on this page and come ready to complete pool assessments!

  • If your child attends regular swimming lessons/squad training at a pool, you may ask your instructor to sign them off before the 19th September 2021, rather than completing the swim during sign on days - print the assessment form here

  • All new nippers will need to bring a copy of their birth certificate and all adults will need photo ID 

  • Children must be 5 years of age before 30th September 2021 to join the nippers program

  • Membership Fees and Board Levies are payable on sign days with EFTPOS and cash facilities available. More information on fees can be found here.

  • For more information on Nippers including uniform requirements, parent requirements and Sunday morning info and times, click here.

  • Please make sure you have read all the information on this page, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


  • Please make sure that if you are completing pool swims on the day, your child comes dressed in togs and is ready to go

  • Please make sure you sign in and out as entering and leaving for contact tracing​

Bundaberg SLSC appreciates your understanding and we're very excited for the new season start at the beach Sunday 19th September 2021!

Use the links to the right to navigate this page, or if you're ready to join, do so now



Junior:  Children can join in junior activities or ’nippers’ from the age of 5-14 years. Children must be 5 years of age by the 30th of September in order to join. 

Cadet: 15-18 year old members who hold a minimum SRC or Bronze Medallion award.

Active Patrolling: Members over 18 years who hold a minimum SRC or BM award.

Long Service:  Long service may be granted to those members who have completed ten years of active service at the discretion of the Management Committee. Long service  members are exempt from patrol obligations, but many continue to volunteer for patrols.

Associate:  A non-patrolling member  over 18 years of age.

Life Member: Life Membership may be granted to members who have rendered distinguished or special services over a long period of time.  These are awarded by the Management Committee after a nomination and appraisal process is completed.


Surf Life Saving teaches all members and nippers to apply swim skills to ocean conditions. To ensure the safety of all juniors during water activities SLSQ have developed a Junior Skills Evaluation for each age group. This includes a pool evaluation prior to inclusion in water activities at the beach, a ‘run-swim-run’ beach evaluation for inclusion in Sunday and training activities and a ‘competency beach evaluation’ which allows nippers to nominate for club and inter-club carnivals. It is a pre-requisite for all Junior Activities to have an ability to swim.

If you are joining children up to our nipper program, please consult the Nipper Information regarding skills and age awards for pre-requisite swimming requirements. All Bronze and SRC courses also have a minimum pool skills evaluation that will need to be completed. For more information on completing these courses, see Education



All parents/guardians and volunteers of our club over the age of 18 years must hold a current ‘Working with Children’ Blue Card.  Existing blue cards must also be linked to our organisation. This includes professions such as teachers, nurses and police officers, who are exempt.  Forms are available at club ‘sign on’ days or a copy can be requested via email and there is no cost to volunteers.

Members of our Management Committee, Junior Activities Team, Coaches and Patrol Captains are also required to complete ‘Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy’ training at the beginning of each season.




We're very excited to have you on board and wish all new members a very warm welcome. Joining our club as a member is easy, and can be done via printed form or online. 

Please be aware that all nippers (aged 5-14 years) must have at least one parent or guardian join as a member with them. This can be done by creating a family group in the parent's name and joining all children to that group. 

If using a paper form, please fill out a separate form for each member. 

Use the links below to request a form, join online and learn more about membership fees and roles you can play within our club.