Surf Life Saving Tasmania Lifesaving Development Camp (LDC)


What is the Lifesaving Development Camp?

The Lifesaving Development camp (or commonly known as 'Dev Camp')  is a 7-day live in program to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of young people to the next level.  

Since 2014, the camp has developed to suit the needs of our state and members and what has evolved is a program that prepares Tasmania's youth  take on more responsibility in their patrol teams, their own clubs and the wider community.  This is achieved by providing the young people who attend the Lifesaving Development Camp with a higher level of award training, and exposure to exciting, fast-paced simulated lifesaving scenarios. Camp attendees will use the standard patrolling equipment to manage ‘No Notice’ scenarios that become more complex as their skills develop. This style of delivery uses expert feedback to cement skills and knowledge in a relevant and practical medium.

Successful participants of the Lifesaving Development Camp will receive awards in First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, IRB Crewperson Certificate and Silver Medallion IRB Driver (If applicable). 

Scenario Based Training

The Lifesaving Development Camp trains using the Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) education model. ELT uses scenario based training to give candidates the opportunity to experience realistic emergency scenes to practice their lifesaving skills. Scenarios are designed and conducted under the guidance of specially trained facilitators and safety officers. While evaluations of the past programs highlight the value of scenario based training for development of candidate skills, some participants may feel some emotional stress participating in such realistic training.

Scenarios may include but are not limited to: spinal cord injury, heart attack, asthma attach, anaphylaxis, car or boating accident, burns, fractures, breaks, cuts and abrasions, missing person. If you have concerns about your ability to participate in these scenarios, please contact the Camp Coordinator (details above) to discuss your concerns.

The nomination process

The Lifesaving Development Camp is normally run every year depending on candidate interest.  Clubs in the past have been issued two placement spots for the camp, with spare positions available if a club does not nominate anyone.  Nominations generally open in October for a January camp and are open to surf life saving members aged 16-21.    


" Thank you SLST for running a world class program like this for the youth of Tasmania.  My child returned home as a completely new person and has not stopped talking about the camp!"
- Danielle, Candidate Parent, 2018

" The search and rescue aspects of the camp will enhance my patrolling abilities as will the greater knowledge and understanding of first aid treatments" 
- Leader, 2020

"The leaders and management team on the camp were incredibly warm and encouraging and i couldn't have asked for better people to take us through this experience.  I look forward to showcasing my new skills learnt back at my home club" 
- Candidate, 2019

2021 Key Camp Contacts:

Nicholas Wood | Camp Coordinator - | 0427081551

Ned Reardon | Surf Life Saving Tasmania - | 0499231605

2021 Camp Team

Surf Life Saving Tasmania are delighted that the following members have been accepted to participate in the  2021 Lifesaving Development Camp at Ulverstone SLSC. 

Management Team

Camp Coordinator Nicholas  Wood Ulverstone SLSC
Camp Coordinator Jack Wood Ulverstone SLSC
Deputy Camp Coordinator Lara Emmett Ulverstone SLSC
Camp Administrator  Ned Reardon Clifton Beach SLSC/SLST
Leader Coordinator Rhys Evans Bicheno SLSC
Scenario Coordinator Olivia Eade Carlton Park SLSC
Scenario Coordinator Moira Black Carlton Park SLSC
Equipment Coordinator Mani Gregson Boat Harbour Beach SLSC
Community Liaison Eve Bell Port Sorell SLSC
Training Coordinator Nicholas  Canales Penguin SLSC
Timetable Coordinator Abbey Fairbrother Boat Harbour Beach SLSC
Head Trainer First Aid Abigail Avery Boat Harbour Beach SLSC
Catering Coordinator  Helen Emmett Ulverstone SLSC
Catering Coordinator  Louise  Smith Ulverstone SLSC
Mentor Mike Holland Ulverstone SLSC
Mentor Chris Jacobson Ulverstone SLSC
Mentor Andrew Chubb Cudgen Headland SLSC- NSW
Leadership Team      
Leader Kassidy Coward Boat Harbour Beach SLSC
Leader Murphy Knowles Ulverstone SLSC
Leader Neil Hargreaves Port Sorell SLSC
Leader Grace Harland Burnie SLSC
Leader Oliver Bailey Devonport SLSC


Lachlan Frame Port Sorell SLSC
Ruben Moore Ulverstone SLSC
Sahvanna Cox Penguin SLSC
Kaylee Simpson Boat Harbour Beach SLSC
Zoe Mott Burnie SLSC
Ella Harland Burnie SLSC
Morgan Evans Bicheno SLSC
Olivia  Smith Kingston Beach SLSC
Katarina Cubit Kingston Beach SLSC 
Toby Bailey Devonport SLSC
Dusten  O'Neil Ulverstone SLSC
Alice  Bent Carlton Park SLSC
Jensen Walton Ulverstone SLSC
Jenna Stacey Clifton Beach SLSC
Kalani West Somerset SLSC
Montana West Somerset SLSC
Georgia Sherlock Burnie SLSC
India Gregson Burnie SLSC
Harrison Henry Kingston Beach SLSC
Cooper Armistead Port Sorell SLSC
Ella  Smith Kingston SLSC
Ashley Parker Devonport SLSC
Joshua  Clement Bicheno SLSC
Liam Duffy Kingston Beach SLSC


The organising committee would like to thank the following people for their generous support of the 2021 Lifesaving Development Camp.

We would like to thank Fresh Promotions for their support in providing pens for the 2021 Life Saving Development Camp. 

Thank you to the Rural Clinical School at University of Tasmania for supporting the 2021 Lifesaving Development Camp