The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) is a public benevolent institution with His Majesty The King 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 motto: ‘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.

Membership Application Form
(for 2024/25 Year)

Membership Fee: $44.00
(from 1 July to 30 June)

Membership Application for 2023/24 year

Membership Renewal (for existing members) for 2024/25 year

The table below shows most of our membership options, with the most common type show in red.

Membership Category/TypeDescription
Ordinary Member:
(Most common membership)
A person who is active in the society as a volunteer or office bearer.
Associate MemberA person who is not active in the society and just wishes to support us.
(Recreational Trainer)
(Ordinary Member)
Includes School Teachers and those who are qualified to train courses and programs other than VET / Competency Based courses.

Refer to this information in respect to our training and community programs.
Trainer, or
Trainer (School Based)

(Trainer and Assessor, Competency Based Trainer or Industry Trainer)
(Ordinary Member)
Is accredited to deliver Nationally Recognised Training courses. Please refer to the below documents.

Click here to view information about becoming a trainer.
Third Party Trainer
(A third Party trainer does not need to be a member, but may wish to be)
Is accredited to deliver Nationally Recognised Training courses. Please refer to the below documents.

Click here to view information about becoming a third party trainer.

To join, simply…

  1. Download the membership application form
  2. Complete the form
  3. Send it back to us, please don’t forget to include
    – Identification (government issued)
    – Blue Card or Exemption Card (if you will be active)
    – A copy of your training qualifications (if you are to be a Facilitator or Trainer)
  4. Email or post the form to us

All new membership applications are subject to approval of the Board of Directors. Members can commence as a member (pending board approval) once payment, identification and Blue Card has been confirmed.

All members are governed by the constitution, rules, regulations or bylaws governing your conduct as a member of the Society; please refer below for a copy of these.

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.

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.

Constitution and Core Policies

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.

Our Foundation Fund

Child Protection Policy

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 policies.

 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