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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 Programme 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  • Feeling withdrawn or agitated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. Take the time to learn who is a Peer Supporter in your area.

Other Post Critical Incident Support Options Available

1. On Call Duty Officer (24/7)
Call SurfCom on 0800 SAVELIFE and ask for Delta One
2. Local Peer Supporter
3. Staff
4. EAP Services
0800 EAP NOW (0800 327 669) State that you are from Surf Life Saving Northern Region. This service is free of charge and available 24/7.

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.

Training for returning/new Peer Supporters will be held at the Marine Rescue Centre on Saturday 8th & 9th September 2018.

Applications open early August.

Prerequisites:  

  • 20 years of age
  • Restricted Motor Vehicle License
  • SLS Member
  • Club endorsement
  • SLS understanding

Note: SLSNR reserves the right to accept members onto the RWC programme at their discretion