Level One

Level One includes essential health and safety operational content, which informs the current practices of lifeguards and other essential front-line roles. This level includes fundamental information of how to deal with hazards and risks. Any person involved in SLSNZ operations is required to know this content.

Level One Target Audience

New Lifeguards, Patrol Support, Volunteers, Level 1 Surf Officials.

Level One Resources & Content

Those who sit in Level One of the Health and Safety Management System need to have an understanding of the following content:

  • Risk Management in Practice (Lifeguard Version) - PDF
  • The SAFER Model
  • Some operational Club/Service Operational Procedures (CSOPs) - refer to your club/service.
  • Some operational National Operational Procedures (NSOPs)

The SAFER Model

At the heart of our Health and Safety Management System is our SAFER approach to risk management. SAFER helps guide and reinforce the fundamental concept of risk management, which even our youngest lifeguards should be familiar with and be able to implement for regular lifeguard tasks and duties.

SAFER is an easy to remember approach to identifying hazards and risks and encourages users to consider control measures to fix the problem in order to prevent harm to people. Risk management and assessment, are essential components of what we do as lifeguards. Understanding, remembering and utilising a SAFER approach to risk management is an important first step to providing for your safety as well as the safety of others.

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