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Peer Support

SLSNR Support Services | Peer Support

As lifeguards there is an inherent risk of being exposed to a traumatic event.  Peer Supporters operate on a 24/7 basis and are called upon to assist with peer support when critical incidents occur at their beach. This support may include providing initial support to members, assisting members to understand the impact of a stressful event, help in the organizing of formal psychological debriefing, educate members on stress reactions and natural coping mechanisms. 

What is Peer Support about?

- Peer Support is one option within a wider Membership Welfare Program that Surf Life Saving offers.

If you notice a friend or find yourself feeling or experiencing any of the following, please don't hesitate to utilise one of the support options available.
- Feeling withdrawn or agitated
- Re-experiencing the event / bad dreams
- Feeling overly emotional
- Avoiding normal daily tasks / interactions

All Surf Life Saving Northern Region clubs have at least one Peer Supporter available.

Becoming a Peer Supporter

SLSNR needs to ensure that it's Peer Supporters are responsible, mature and capable persons. At times Peer Supporters may be tasked to critical Incidents involving members who are experiencing a range of differing reactions to traumatic events.

It is important that all Peer Supporters have the necessary pre-requites and training to ensure proper and effective support can be provided.

Applications for the 2019-2020 season open on 29th of July 2019

Pre requisites for this role:  
- 20 years of age
- Restricted Motor Vehicle License
- Successful Police Vetting
- SLS Member
- Club endorsement
- SLS understanding
- Good lifesaving knowledge

Note: SLSNR reserves the right to accept members into the Peer Support program at their discretion