Member Recognition

Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award may be appointed to members who have rendered exceptional service to Avalon Beach SLSC over a sustained period of time.  For an award to be considered two Club members of Avalon Beach SLSC shall complete an  ABSLSC Service Honours Nomination Form detailing a full Club history of the candidate.  Nominations are to be forwarded to the Life Membership and Service Honours Awards Committee at [email protected] and marked confidential.  The Committee will review the application, supporting documentation and eligibility of the service and details provided and forward all endorsed nominations to the next AGM for decision.

ABSLSC congratulates and recognises the following recipients of this Award:


Service Awards

Long Service Award SLSA recognise members for their sustained membership of Surf Life Saving and are awarded for 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 75 years of service. The award may be issued after the respective years’ membership of SLSA.  Years of membership shall commence from the date of joining an affiliated club, or a ladies auxiliary or former junior surf lifesaving association, but not earlier than the age to become eligible to obtain SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate, whichever shall be the later date. Where the years of membership are not continuous they shall be aggregated. Apply online via the Members Area.

National Patrol Service Award

SLSA recognises members for their long service to Life Saving patrols and are awarded for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 years of service. People eligible for these certificates will be members who hold one or more qualifications in the following award streams – patrolling lifesaver, emergency care or radio and who have actively assisted with patrol obligations. In the case of Award members, eligibility for the patrol service award shall commence from the date of obtaining the relevant certificate. The person must have personally completed a 100% patrol service relevant to their membership category for that season with a minimum of 16 hours being completed per season.  Note: Years of patrol service may be calculated from the Surf Rescue Certificate or the years of patrol as an active cadet.  Apply online via the Members Area.

Assessing, Officiating and Coaching Service Certificates

Assessing, Officiating and Coaching Service Certificates are awarded for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 years of long service to examiners/assessors, competition officials and/or coaches and Junior Activities Age Managers. Apply online via the Members Area.

National Medal

The National Medal was established by the Commonwealth of Australia in 1975 as one of the original elements of the distinctive Australian system of honours and awards. The medal recognises long service in organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. The National Medal is available to Surf Life Saving Australia volunteers and employees who have eligible and proficient service with a minimum of 30 hours each year for a minimum period of 15 years.  Essential Criteria: Meet the requirements of the annual skills maintenance for SLSA Bronze Medallion for each year of eligible service.  Have completed the minimum rostered beach patrol hours/lifeguarding for each year of service, or as a minimum 30 hours in each year of service. Note: A person who has been awarded the national medal may be awarded a clasp to the medal for each 10-year period of service beyond the original 15 years. Apply online via the Members Area.  This award is processed at a national level.


Meritorious Award

Meritorious Award may be awarded for outstanding deeds of bravery performed in the sphere of operations of Life Saving – both in and outside of designated patrol hours.

SLSA Hall of Fame

Available to members in recognition of their contribution to Surf Life Saving, SLS Administration and Sport.


Application Process

If you think you may be eligible for a Long Service Award or a National Patrol Service Award, apply via the Members Area.