Bronze Medallion

Price $70

The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge in order to be able to participate in Surf Life Saving patrol operations. This is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia.

This award is open to all members over the age of 15 and involves training in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care, anatomy and physiology.

As simulated ocean rescues using different rescue equipment will be part of your training you will need a reasonable level of fitness and be able to complete a 400 metre swim in 9 minutes or less. Once you have achieved this our trainers will train you to the level of a proficient life saver.

The Cert II course usually runs for 6 – 8 weeks with both theory and practical elements. On completion you will need to sit for an exam to gain the award.

Learning Outcomes

  • Contribute to the management of work health and safety (WHS)
  • Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control
  • Describe surfing and environmental conditions and hazards
  • Recognise appropriate beach types, conditions and areas in the surfzone for bathing
  • Demonstrate surf skills
  • Explain the functions of various systems in the human body
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques
  • Perform basic resuscitation techniques (oxygen therapy, defibrillation)
  • Identify basic patient management techniques
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Perform radio communications using approved SLSA radios
  • Perform patient approaches, support and escapes aided by equipment on a conscious and an unconscious patient
  • Identify people in distress in an aquatic environment
  • Perform surf skills
  • Perform patient retrieval and support unaided by equipment
  • Set up a patrol and describe your role on patrol
  • Demonstrate standard patrol practices
  • Work as part of a team
  • Improve fitness

Qualifications & Prerequisites

There are no specific qualifications or prerequisites.

Other Requirements

To commence training for the Surf Rescue Certificate you must:

  • Be a financial member of an SLS club;
  • Be at least 15 years of age on the final assessment date;
  • Complete an unaided swim of 400 m in 9 minutes or less (goggles and masks permitted) in a swimming pool of not less than 25 m, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to you undertaking any water training or assessment activities.


One year from date of course. Requals sessions will be provided each year by the club.