The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) is a public benevolent institution with Her Majesty The Queen as Commonwealth Patron. RLSS has a leadership role in drowning prevention in 27 Commonwealth Countries; the Queensland Branch was established in 1905 and is the oldest life saving society in Queensland. Our moto: ‘Whomsoever you see in distress, recognise in them a fellow human being‘.

By joining the RLSSQ, you are signifying that you desire to be part of a society with royal patronage and for the charitable purpose of drowning prevention.

Please complete the Membership Application form below and forward it to the Society.

By registering as a Member, Trainer and/or Assessor, you will be governed by the rules, regulations or laws governing your conduct as a member of the Society; also to maintain the integrity of the Royal Life Saving Society and strive to achieve it's goals.

Membership Forms

Membership Fee: $44.00
Please view our Trainers Information Sheet.

Member:A person who is active in the society as a volunteer or office bearer.
(Recreational Trainer)(Ordinary Member)
Includes School Teachers and those who are qualified to train and assess courses and programs other than Competency Based courses.

Refer to this information in respect to our training and community programs.
Competency Based Trainer
(Ordinary Member)
Is accredited to deliver Nationally Recognised Training courses. Please refer to the below documents.

Trainers Information Sheet
Explanation of Trainers Types
Brochure for Trainers Providers

Form - Trainers Accreditation
Form - Trainers Assessment
Trainers Agreement
Third Party Agreement

Professional Development
Information Sheet about Professional Development
Form - Professional Development Evidence
Form - Professional Development Record (word doc)
Example of Form - Professional Development Record

Other membership options

Joining a Club, rather than the Society, may be more suitable to you.

Queensland Lifeguard League Inc:The Queensland Lifeguard League is an affiliated Club designed for lifeguards and other life savers, who are under 18 years of age and/or not associated with an existing Club, and wish to compete in Royal Life Saving competitions. Download a membership application form here and forward it to the Society or the Sport Liaison Officer.
Another Affiliated Club:Please contact one of the Affiliated Clubs directly. Each Club has different membership criteria and many are based in geographic locations.

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Important Membership Policies

All members of Royal Life Saving Society Queensland are expected to follow the society's policies and procedures that may be released from time to time. Generally speaking, conduct of a member is expected to be the same as would be expected at a workplace or in a school.

Specific Policies - Queensland Branch

The following policies have been prepared specifically for Queensland Branch. Whilst these policies are mostly applicable to staff, some also apply to members and trainers. These policies are subject to variation at any time.

The following policies were applicable from 2018 to October 2023:

001 Code of Conduct
003 Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity
005 Grievance Procedure for Unlawful Workplace Behaviour
007 Information Technology
009 Expenses and Equipment
011 Attendance and Leave
013 Overtime and TOIL
015 Work from Home
020 Social Media

Our Foundation Fund

Foundation Fund Rules, Charter & Investment Policy

Child Protection Policy

RLSSQ Policy - Child Protection (RLSSQ Policy)
RLSSQ Policy - Child Protection (Policy for Affiliated Clubs)

Gender Equity Plan

RLSSQ Gender Equity Plan

RLSSA (National) Policy

The below policies have been issued by Royal Life Saving Society Australia and are applicable to all branches of the Society. Please note that Queensland policy's and procedures have precedence to these polciys.

 A001 Equal Empoyment Opportunity
 A002 Greivance Policy
 A003 Anti-Harassment Policy
 A004 Member Protection Policy
 A005 Privacy Policy
 A006 Code of Ethics
 A007 Professional Behaviour
 A008 Anti Doping
 A009 Protection of Intellectual Property
 A010 National Sponsorship
 A011 Alcohol Sponsorship
 A012 OHS Policy
 A013 Conflict of Interest Policy