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Begin to develop a high level of skill through training for your Surf Life Saving Bronze Medallion. The Bronze Medallion is the core award for active surf lifesavers.

Training sessions are designed to ‘test’ a person’s competency in a variety of areas. The training provided is to the highest standard using both practical and theoretical components.

All skills taught in this course combine to help the candidate become an essential member of the surf life saving team.

You must be 15 years and over on the date of the dry assessment to qualify for the award.


Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) PUA21004 and the SLSA Bronze Medallion. This qualification comprises of the following 7 units of competency:

  • PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace
  • PUAEME001B Provide emergency care
  • PUAOHS001C Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures
  • PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment
  • PUASAR009B Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
  • PUASAR012B Apply surf awareness and self rescue skills
  • PUATEA001B Work in a team
  • PUATEA004C Work effectively in a public safety organisation


Aim of the course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to participate in lifesaving operations including patrols. The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Rescue Techniques (including board rescue, tube rescue, spinal rescue)
  • Beach Management
  • Surf Awareness Skills
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • First Aid
  • Communications
  • Human Body
  • CPR


  • Participants must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Must be a financial and proficient member
  • Participants must have completed a minimum of 400m swim in 9 minutes or less in a swimming pool of not less than 25m or over a measured open water course before any training starts in the surf and/or deep water

For this award to remain current, candidates must perform an annual skills maintenance activity, referred to as a Proficiency Test which is conducted at Wanda SLSC.


Pen and paper and comfortable clothes for theory sessions.

Wet suit, towel and warm clothes and $1 coin for showers for practical session

Also please bring $32 for the training manual on the first night.


Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.

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