What is life saving chaplaincy?



Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia (LSCA) is a service, endorsed by SLSA, to provide Chaplains for LSC’s around Australia.

The chaplain is a genuine, friendly and familiar face who shares life with their club community and support anyone facing the tough times of life. Both on and off the beach.

In assisting people, Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia serves all without discrimination regardless of their religion, faith group, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, or disability.

Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia Chaplains respect the religious and spiritual freedom of all persons and refrain from imposing doctrinal positions or spiritual practice on persons whom they encounter in their professional roles as Chaplains. This will ensure that Chaplains are available to all

What are the BENEFITS to Clubs?

  • Chaplaincy provides an extra facet of life skills that can be available to all members and their families
  • Chaplaincy extends the clubs duty of care and enhances peer/trauma support
  • Chaplains are independent listeners at all club levels
  • Chaplains are confidential in their service
  • Chaplains offer Pastoral Care
  • Although not specifically a counsellor the Chaplain will listen and may offer support or a referal to a professional relevant to your need
    • When and if a member wishes to speak about spiritual issues, the Chaplain is available
    • Chaplains are non-denominational, respecting every individual’s personal faith/beliefs
    • Chaplain services can include
      • Memorial Services
      • Funerals
      • Child dedications/christenings
      • Surf Boat & IRB Blessing Services
      • Weddings (where qualified)


The Chaplain signs an agreement with Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia, as a volunteer, to adhere to their Life Saving Club rules as a member and will commit to complete an intensive chaplaincy training course with Sports Chaplaincy Australia with in 1 year of being appointed to a club.

The committee of the given Life Saving Club always has the final say as to the suitability of the Chaplain we nominate.

If you wish to find out more about how your club can have a Chaplain or have any further questions  please contact us or fill out the Club Expression of Interest Form.

Understanding Lifesaving Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy @ Freshwater SLSC from "On the Beach"

Download the LSCA Information Brochure