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, Spinal Management, IRB Crewperson Certificate and Silver Medallion IRB Driver (If applicable). 

2019 Management Team, Leaders and Candidates

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 October and are open to surf life saving members aged 16-21.   The application and nomination process will be publsihed online, in the SLST newsletter and sent to all club contacts.  


SLST partially subsidies the cost of the Lifesaving Development Camp.  The camp fee per candidate covers all accommodation, food, training and assessment , and transport (if required) during the camp.


" 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, 2016

"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, 2016



2018 Advanced Lifesaving Camp - WHITE WATER RESCUE

What is the Advanced Lifesaving Development Camp?

In 2018, Surf Life Saving Tasmania will ran its first of a series of standalone Advanced Lifesaving Camps for surf life savers aged 18 years and older.

Aim of the training

The program is designed to introduce white-water rescue skills, knowledge and industry techniques to surf lifesavers. The program has been previously trialled, and suits a varying range of candidates from outdoor professionals such as guides and instructors, to anyone who comes into contact with a moving water environment. SLST will be partnering with Tas TAFE to externally facilitate the Advanced Lifesaving Camp, as it will be delivered by experienced outdoor professionals including those who are both Australian Canoeing and VET qualified.

Participants who successfully complete the course and demonstrate competence will attain a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment. You may end up with some or all of the following nationally recognised units of competence:

  • SISOBWG404A Apply river crossing skills
  • SISXEMR201A   Respond to emergency situations
  • SISOWWR201A Demonstrate self-rescue skills in white water
  • SISOWWR302A Demonstrate white water rescues and recoveries

Who is this for?

  • Are you a current financial member of a Surf Life Saving Club?
  • Are you aged 18 and over?
  • Do you hold a current Bronze Medallion and IRB Crew Certificate?
  • Do you have an interest in expanding your knowledge and furthering your skills ‘beyond the flags’ to continue a pathway within Rescue Services and contribute to build SLST’s creditability, capacity and rescue capabilities inshore, inland and offshore?
  • Do you want to be or already a member of an Emergency Response Team?
  • Do you want to become involved with Flood Swift Water Rescue or a career in Emergency Services?
  • Have you participated in other SLS development opportunities (e.g. Lifesaving Development Camp, Flood Water Symposium) and wish to be involved with another SLST State Facilitated pathways?

What to expect…

  • The 3 days are pretty full. You will be pushed and participants are often very tired by the end of it. You’ll be required to manage yourself carefully and be ready to get wet and cold!
  • Mornings will be mixing classroom theory with some dry land practice
  • Afternoons will be water-based activities as we apply the theory on the river
  • There will be night lectures after dinner on both the Friday and Saturday
  • Following the camp, SlST expect that you’ll become involved with your clubs Emergency Response Team

Location & Accommodation

Location - ‘The Arm River Forestry Camp’ on the Mersey River just below the slalom course.  Travel past Lake Parangana towards Lake Rowallan.  After crossing the Arm River bridge take the next right (Maggs Rd) and travel 500m up the hill to the Arm River Camp on the right.

Accommodation - Bunk-style accommodation with hot shower is provided in your course fees. If you want some privacy or prefer your own space then we suggest to bring a tent.

For further information, contact:

Leanne Johannesen | Training & Community Programs Manager

E: ljohannesen@slst.asn.au | M: 0447 287 847