Education & Training

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Awards Training Schedule and Courses

Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

13+ years on the date of the assessment

We will provide detail of SRC training later in 2020

Bronze Medallion Course

15+ years on the date of the assessment

 

We will provide detail of the next Bronze Medallion Course later in 2020

Actions to take

  1. Renew (or join) and pay your membership on https://members.sls.com.au

  2. Book into the Bronze course. You can access this via the e-learning tab in the SLSA members area. You can also get to this page via LSV Members Training from Anywhere

  3. Once booked in you can access your online course content. Specific parts of this must be completed before you can participate in the practical sessions.

  4. Once booked into the course you will receive an email with further information and instructions

Blended Learning 

 

To reduce the face to face training hours we have chosen to deliver this course using a blended delivery model, meaning you will be required to complete the theory online via videos, activities and quizzes. We will then recap the theory during the practical sessions and complete the practical activities. This reduces the face to face course time by about 10 hours. There will be support provided by our trainers if any candidate is experiencing difficulty with the online learning.

 

Dates and Times

TBA

 

Bronze Medallion

Minimum course time is 24 hours of face to face learning, plus the online content. We have included an option of two assessment dates to work around your calendars.

Advance Resuscitation Technique (ART) Award 

With the option of adding an extra 3 hours to the course you can to obtain an ART award. There is a lot of cross over with the award content, so we can double up on the learning.

FAQ's

What if I can't make a session?
We will work with you to find a time that suits us both to complete the learning. The minimum times are quite strict now.

What if I'm having trouble throughout the process?

Contact our Training Instructor Ben via email

Skills Maintenance (Requals)

Skills maintenance or ‘Requals” are necessary to:

  • ensure ongoing competency of members in their area of training and activities

  • maintain the standards of knowledge and expertise of lifesavers

  • Satisfy legal and statutory requirements

  • Reinforce and maintain our service commitment to patrolling Main Beach

All members who wish to undertake patrol duties or compete in competitions at a State or National level are required to undertake annual skills maintenance activities to maintain proficiency.

 

NB. Any member completing their proficiency after 31 December shall not be permitted to participate in any SLSA Championship competition until the 1 July in that year (Refer SLSA Policy 5.4). 

 

Skills maintenance includes practical assessment activities and (for some awards) an online theory component.

Skills Maintenance FAQs

How do I book for a course?

Go to the Member Training Portal https://members.sls.com.au log in and register for the applicable course. NB: You MUST be a current member, or you will not be covered by insurance or be able to register.

Can I do a course at another club?

Yes. Go to the Member Training Portal https://members.sls.com.au. If there is training that is available and open to other club members you will be able to register.

Is there a cost?

Yes, in most cases there will be a fee to cover the cost of materials and/or trainers.

Lifesaving Qualifications

 

There are a number of lifesaving qualifications that you may be interested in gaining.

Aquatic Rescue Awards

  • Surf Rescue Certificate 

  • Bronze Medallion 

  • Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue (SMAR) 

  • Gold Medallion (Advanced Lifesaving) 

Emergency Care Awards

  • Resuscitation Certificate 

  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate/ Advanced Resuscitation Techniques [AID] 

  • Spinal Management Certificate 

  • Pain Management Certificate 

  • Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid

Powercraft Awards  

  • IRB Crew Certificate 

  • Silver Medallion IRB Driver 

  • Specialist Powercraft Awards (JRB/ORB) and RWC Operator 

  • Side-by-Side Vehicle (SSV) Operator Awards 

 

Beach Management and Radio Awards 

  • Silver Medallion Beach Management 

  • Radio Operators Certificate 

 

Training and Assessing Awards 

  • Training Officer 

  • Assessor 

  • Facilitator 

Bronze medallion
 
15+ years on the date of the assessment

Attaining the Bronze Medallion enables you to join a patrol team and actively participate as a volunteer on the beach. The award is also the stepping stone to other more advanced awards within lifesaving. To complete the course, you need to do a timed swim, attend our course complete a workbook and pass an exam including both written and practical demonstration components. You must be a minimum of 15 years old to be eligible for the award. 

Training covers to following areas:

  • Safety and wellbeing

  • Surf awareness and skills

  • The human body

  • Resuscitation

  • Defibrillation and basic oxygen

  • First aid

  • Radio communications

  • Communication

  • Rescue techniques

  • Carries and supports

  • Patrols

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the dates of assessment

  • Candidates must have completed a 400-metre swim in 9 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course. This needs to be completed prior to any training in the surf and/or deep water and must be signed off on the candidate’s assessment portfolio.

Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)
13+ years on the date of the assessment

Like the Bronze, the SRC award enables you to participate in volunteer patrols on the beach. This award contains a subset of the Bronze Medallion syllabus and provides an opportunity for younger members to make a valuable contribution whilst at the same time gaining experience “on the job”. To complete the course, you need to do a timed swim, attend our course complete a workbook and pass an exam including both written and practical demonstration components. SRC is conducted at the same time as the Nipper program in late December/early January. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years old to participate.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Safety and wellbeing

  • Surf awareness and skills

  • First aid

  • Resuscitation

  • Rescue techniques

  • Signals

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years of age on the date of the final assessment.

  • Candidates must have completed a 200-metre swim in 5 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course on flat water. This needs to be completed prior to any training in the surf and/or deep water and must be signed off on the candidate’s assessment portfolio.

Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB)​

Silver Medallion IRB Driver

 

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations.

 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive the SLSA Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver award and a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the applicable units of competency.

 

Silver Medallion IRB Driver course duration is approximately 8 – 10 sessions. You will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace and complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios.

 Training covers to following areas:

  • Prepare for rescue boat operation

  • Operate rescue boat

  • Conduct emergency drills

  • Conduct rescue boat search and recovery

  • Recover and restore vessel

  • Determine current location, destination and resources

  • Determine and plan a safe course

  • Navigate to destination

  • Return to home port

  • Complete post navigational activities

  • Maintain effective communications

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment

  • Candidates must hold a current SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

  • Candidates must hold a current IRB Crewperson Certificate

  • Candidates must have more than 10 hours IRB crewing experience evidenced by log

  • Candidates must hold the following units of competency:

    • PUASAR009B Participate in an aquatic rescue operations

    • PUAEME001B Provide emergency care

    • PUAOPE002B Operate communication systems and equipment

    • PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

IRB Crew Certificate

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations. On successful completion, you will receive the SLSA Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew Certificate.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Demonstrate pre-operation procedures

  • Crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat

  • Perform emergency drills

  • Conduct IRB rescues, search and recovery

  • Demonstrate post operation service and storage

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment

  • Candidates must hold a current SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

Beach Management

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to manage a beach in emergency and non-emergency situations.

 

This module is designed to expand on beach management topics covered in the Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue). On successful completion, you will receive the SLSA Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management.

 

Training covers to following areas:

  • Responsibilities and duties of a lifesaver and beach manager

  • Legislation and regulations relevant to your beach

  • Managing your beach and the public

  • Media Management

  • Liaising with other organisations

  • Risk Management

  • Search and Rescue

  • Patrol Methods

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment

  • Candidates must hold an SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

  • Candidates must be proficient in one of the following awards:

  • Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

  • Radio Operator Certificate

  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate

  • Senior First aid Certificate (Apply first aid)

  • Spinal Management Certificate

Gold Medallion (Advanced Lifesaving)

The aim of this course is to provide you with advanced skills and knowledge to manage emergency situations autonomously. On successful completion, you will receive the SLSA Gold Medallion (Advanced lifesaving), the highest level lifesaving award attainable. Gold Medallion training is conducted at a state level at a camp usually held in September. Members attaining the Gold Medallion are eligible to seek professional Lifeguard positions.

 

Training covers to following areas:

  • Perform Complex Patient Rescue and Support, Aided and Unaided by Equipment

  • Select appropriate rescue equipment

  • Access and manage the patient’s levels of distress

  • Support and return patients to shore

  • Perform a one-person drag technique and patient lay

  • Perform Surf Skill and Fitness Test

  • Complete a 400-metre swim, 800-metre run, 400-metre board paddle and 800-metre run in 25 minutes

  • Complete tube rescue of patient 100 metres out at sea and return (flippers optional)

  • Complete board rescue of patient 200 metres out at sea and return

  • Work autonomously

  • Plan and undertake work activities

  • Accept responsibilities

  • Set performance requirements

  • Maintain team performance

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment

  • Candidates must hold an SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

  • Candidates must be proficient in one of the following awards:

  • Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

  • Radio Operator Certificate

  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate

  • Senior First aid Certificate (Apply first aid)

  • Spinal Management Certificate

Emergency Care Awards
First Aid Certificate

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage emergency first aid situations until professional medical support is available. On successful completion, you will receive a Senior First Aid Certificate (Apply first aid) and a statement of attainment for units of competency.

 

Training covers to following areas:

  • The principals of first aid

  • Managing emergency situations

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

  • Treatment of infection, shock, fractures, bleeding and burns

  • Emergencies due to lack of oxygen, excess heat or cold

  • Management of common medical emergencies

  • Treatment of poisoning and envenomation

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 14 years of age on the date of the final assessment

Silver Medallion Advanced Emergency Care

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage multifaceted emergencies in an advanced manner. On completion, you will receive the SLSA Silver Medallion Advanced Emergency Care.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Priority management

  • Identifying strategies

  • Prioritising, identifying and selecting strategies

  • Problem solving, planning, choosing strategies

  • Scenarios (casualty simulation)

  • Maintaining effective communication

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment

  • Candidates must hold all of the following SLSA awards:

  • SLSA Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate

  • SLSA Spinal Management Certificate

  • Senior First Aid Certificate (Apply first aid)

  • Candidates hold one of the following units of competency:

  • HLTCPR201A Perform CPR

  • HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support

  • HLTFA301B Apply first aid

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive the SLSA Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate and a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the relevant units of competency.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Assess the casualty and develop a management plan

  • Check resuscitation equipment

  • Maintain an airway by:

  • Using suction

  • Using oropharyngeal airways (OP airways)

  • Resuscitate a casualty using oxygen

  • Use oxygen to provide therapy

  • Recover and restore oxygen equipment

  • Check defibrillation equipment

  • Attach and operate a defibrillator

  • Recover and restore defibrillation equipment

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment

  • Candidates must hold the unit of competency PUAEME001B Provide emergency care AND one of the following units:

  • HLTFA301B Apply first aid

  • HLTCPR201A Perform CPR

  • HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support

  • Candidates must hold one of the following SLSA awards:

  • Hold a current SLSA Bronze Medallion OR

  • Hold a current Basic Emergency Care Certificate OR

  • Hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate

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