Useful Information

Information about fees and Royal Life Saving NSW competitions

Competitive membership fees cover affiliation fees to Royal Life Saving NSW, capitation to Royal Life Saving NSW, one award and entrance to all NSW carnivals including the State Championships.

Non-competitive membership covers affiliation and capitation to Royal Lifes Saving NSW and one award.

Any member 16 and over can vote at meetings and elect committee members. Members 12 and over can vote for club captains.

Awards that are offered are: Swim and Survive, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Resuscitation.

Each award has to renewed every year for a member to claim points at carnivals e.g. if an award expires on 18 December, it must be updated prior to any carnival in the new year. Members not holding awards may compete in carnivals without an award but can only claim the points gained at carnivals held prior to 1 January if they have gained the appropriate award for their age group prior to 1 January.

To compete in State Championships each member must have attended two carnivals (on the basis 4 club carnivals are held). All are encouraged to attend as many as possible.

Clubs can only claim points once in any race. For example, if ELSC came 1st, 2nd and 3rd, points are only allocated for 1st. Therefore points can be gained if you come 5th etc. 

Nationals are normally held in Canberra in January. All U/14 and up are encouraged to attend. To compete in the under 14’s you must be 13 or younger on 1 January.

Age groups for Lifesaving are based on the age you are on January 1: Under 9, 9/10, 11,12,13, U16, U/19, Open, 30-44, and Over 45.





swim continuously for 300m in 10 minutes

100m of each stroke

  • 100m freestyle
  • 100m side stroke
  • 100m breaststroke



swim continuously for 400m in 13 minutes

100m of each stroke (in any order)

  • 100m freestyle
  • 100m sidestroke
  • 100m breaststroke
  • 100m survival backstroke


swim continuously for 600m in 17 minutes

100m each of sidestroke/breaststroke & survival backstroke AND 300m of any recognised stroke (including freestyle) ~ in any order or combination (eg below)

  • 100m breaststroke (100m)
  • 100m sidestroke (100m)
  • 100m survival backstroke (100m)
  • freestyle (300m)


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