Who We Are

INTRODUCING THE AUSTRALIAN LIFESAVING ACADEMY

The Australian Lifesaving Academy Queensland (ALAQ) is a registered training organisation (RTO) that delivers emergency care training through first aid and CPR courses to the community. Our purpose is to bring more than a century of lifesaving experience from the beach to the home, school or workplace; because we don’t believe the skills needed to save a life should be restricted to the sand.

ALAQ offers companies, government bodies and other groups across Australia a range of professional training courses. Drawing on the leadership, safety and management skills and philosophies we’ve developed and refined under the pressure of the elements, we can deliver a range of training courses of the highest quality.

Our purpose is to bring more than a century of lifesaving experience from the beach to the home, school or workplace; because we don’t believe the skills needed to save a life should be restricted to the sand.

HOW DO WE WORK?

As a client, you are assigned a dedicated administration officer, responsible for every aspect of your training. Your administration officer will assist you in the development of your training requirements from planning to completion, making sure everything runs smoothly and that training is delivered to the certification level required. Tell us what suits you best and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY

Importantly, when you choose to train with ALAQ, you’re also helping put something back into the community. As a not-for-profit organisation, every dollar made goes straight towards purchasing vital equipment and supporting the extraordinary work our surf lifesavers do in saving lives every day.

TRAINING TESTED OUT IN THE WORLD, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

When you’re trained by the accredited trainers of ALAQ, you gain the kind of practical insights that have made the men and women of the surf lifesaving movement such a strong and respected force. With more than a century of experience behind us, Surf Life Saving is an organisation with an unparalleled wealth of experience and skills when it comes to saving lives, both on and off the beach.

MUCH MORE THAN RESCUE TRAINING.

Our people have professional skills as diverse as empowering leaders, inspiring teamwork, facilitating the personal development of individuals, managing major public events, and operating a rescue network that is second to none. Not forgetting, of course, our skills in every aspect of emergency response and first aid. Australia’s surf life savers were pioneers in the development of aquatic rescue training, and we’ve set the benchmark for international standards. ALAQ can teach the people of your organisation to be successfully prepared for the future.

ABOUT OUR SURF LIFE SAVING QUEENSLAND EMERGENCY CARE TRAINERS

The majority of the ALAQ’s trainers are active patrolling volunteer surf lifesavers, meaning they have direct and first-hand experience gained from real lifesaving situations to provide the best possible training.

All Surf Life Saving Queensland trainers undergo strict measures to ensure they meet an extremely high standard, all of our trainers must hold the following awards and certificates as a minimum to qualify for our training department:

  • Working with Children Blue Card
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Minimum of 5 years training and assessing emergency care training
  • First Aid
  • CPR

ABOUT SURF LIFE SAVING QUEENSLAND

SURF LIFE SAVING QUEENSLAND

SURF LIFE SAVING QUEENSLAND (SLSQ) IS THE STATE’S PEAK BEACH SAFETY AND RESCUE AUTHORITY AND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST VOLUNTEER-BASED COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANISATIONS IN AUSTRALIA. THROUGHOUT QUEENSLAND, THE ORGANISATION’S SIX BRANCHES AND 59 SURF LIFE SAVING CLUBS NOW COMPRISE OF CLOSE TO 36,000 DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS.

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, WHEN THE FIRST RECORDED RESCUE ON A QUEENSLAND BEACH WAS MADE IN 1909, SLSQ IS NOW AN EFFICIENT AND VIBRANT ORGANISATION THAT BOASTS ALMOST 36,000 MEMBERS AND GROWING.

Established in 1930, it is the governing body for surf lifesaving in Queensland, comprising of 59 affiliated surf life saving clubs in six regional branches. The organisation also includes supporters’ clubs, with more than 200,000 members.

SLSQ is directly affiliated with, and a part of, Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and the International Life Saving Federation (ILS).

WHY WE EXIST

Surf Life Saving Queensland is built on a fundamental principle: to save lives.
Our organisation encompasses several diverse arms – lifesaving services, community education, surf sports, commercial training, fundraising, but they all contribute to that one overarching purpose.

Queensland’s mainland coastline stretches 6089 kilometres and there are more than 712 accessible beaches. Each year, there are more than 30 million visits to Queensland beaches.

Despite significant advancements in technology, techniques and knowledge, people still drown or die on our beaches.

OUR VISION

Surf Life Saving Queensland exists to save lives, develop practices in education, prevention, emergency care and rescue, and ultimately to meet our vision of ‘Zero preventable deaths in Queensland waters’.

Our motto, Vigilance and Service, is derived from ‘Vigilance’ meaning watchful in case of danger, and ‘Service’ meaning serving or providing assistance to benefit the public.

OUR MISSION

Surf Life Saving Queensland operates as a proactive and effective peak body, leading the way in lifesaving service provision, education, sport, beach safety advocacy and community leadership.

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

SAFER BEACHES – to support and grow quality lifesaving services
PEAK BODY ADVOCACY – to become the first-choice consultant on beach safety and beach management issues and to continually enhance the reputation of SLSQ as the peak body
ORGANISATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY AND GROWTH – to deliver continuous growth as a strong, sustainable and viable organisation
HEALTHY MEMBERSHIP – to support and build the capacities and capabilities of our clubs, members and staff
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT – to enjoy and benefit from the positive, proactive relationships with stakeholders
ENJOYABLE SURF SPORTS – to grow participation, interest, skills and image through entertaining surf sports competitions