Level Three



Level Three builds on the operational health and safety skills and competencies required for Level Two. This level is for those leading and managing SLS services and/or operational personnel and contractors. This advanced-level content provides comprehensive information on SLSNZ’s health and safety risk management systems across a range of operational contexts and systems including emergency response plans and auditing processes.

Level Three Target Audience

Patrol Captains, Examiners, Level 3 Surf Officials, Coaches, Instructors, Advanced Lifeguards, RWC Operators, Facilitator Training

Level Three Resources & Content

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


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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