Bronze Medallion (Cert II in Public Safety)
The Bronze Medallion Course is now a Cert II course. Training is for 6 to 8 weeks with a Theory and Practical exam at the conclusion. It’s a great introduction to Surf Lifesaving if you are inexperienced and also a next step for SRC holders if you have already studied. It is a non-threatening environment, which encourages people to perform at their own pace at the same time as pushing their comfort zones.
Generally we run at least 2 courses per season including through the winter. Courses are usually run on Wednesday evenings (other evenings are possible) with the practical lessons on Saturdays and Sundays. The session is theory, practical resuscitation and then water based activities, board and tube rescues plus a run, swim, run. You need to be a financial Member and pay a small course fee. Once you have completed your Bronze you will be required to be an Active Patrol Member and will be assigned to a patrol. Patrol duties occur every 3 to 4 weeks and a roster will be available for the current season. You can also assist with Water Safety during Nippers.
Advanced Resuscitation Certificate
This award is provided through the Club and a squad is usually trained directly after a Bronze/SRC training Course. All members are encouraged to obtain this award.
Silver Medallion IRB Driver and IRB Crewman Certificate These awards are trained through the club with the Crewma’s award commencing after the member has obtained their Bronze Medallion. The Silver Medallion IRB Driver may be commenced after holding the Crewman’s award for at least one year.
Awards available through Surf Lifesaving
- Senior First Aid – facilitated through the Branch and held at local clubs
- Defibrillation – facilitated through the Branch and held at local clubs
- Spinal Management – facilitated through the Branch and held at local clubs
- Silver Medallion – Advanced Emergency Care – facilitated through the Branch and held at local clubs. (previously SM – Life Support). Applicants must hold Bronze Medallion, ARC, SFA, Defib & Spinal Management.
- Silver Medallion – Basic Beach Management – facilitated through the Branch and held at local clubs (previously SM – Patrol Captain) Applicants must hold SM – Advanced Emergency Care
- SLSA Gold Medallion – Advanced Life Saving – facilitated through the Branch – usually conducted prior to commencement of season for prospective lifeguards. See lifeguard tab for current information, applicants must hold SM – Basic beach Management and SM – Advanced Emergency Care.
As part of a world-leading organisation, our lifeguards must demonstrate high levels of fitness, excellent rescue and people skills, and great professionalism. All lifeguards will be over 16 years of age and have as a minimum the following qualifications:
- Bronze Medallion / Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
- Senior First Aid Certificate
- Advanced Resuscitation Certificate
- Defibrillation Certificate
- Spinal Management Certificate
- Silver Medallion – Aquatic Rescue
Lifeguards must also be prepared to uphold the values of the ALS and present a professional, helpful and courteous front to the public. To apply for the lifeguard school you must have all of the above except for the silver medallion as it is a part of the lifeguard school. Remember that the Lifeguard Schools is a compulsory requirement for all new lifeguards and even if a guard is employed prior to this period (e.g. seasonal or September hols), they must still attend this School.
For more information or to enrol in any of the upcoming courses please contact:
Surf Life Saving Australia provide more information about courses & ways to participate.