Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion Course

Course Description:

  • Certificate ll in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • Minimum requirement for persons wanting to undertake patrols.
  • Open to all persons over 15 years of age at the date of the assessment.
  • Involves training in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures and emergency care.
  • Need to complete a 400m swim in 9 mins or less.

Duration: 6-8 weeks (One weeknight + Sunday morning)
$35 (includes training manual)

  • Be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of examination
  • Have completed a 400 metre swim in nine minutes or less, in n a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres or over a measured open water course before any water training commences
Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe beach sense practices
  • List common sun disorders, specifically; sun stroke, skin cancer, hyperthermia
  • List sun safety preventative measures for patrolling surf lifesavers
  • List drugs which effect a beachgoers ability to recreate 'safely'
  • Describe surfing and environmental conditions and hazards
  • List 3 types of waves, specifically, spilling, dumping, surging.
  • Recognise and describe differing surf zone currents specifically; rips, gutters, littoral currents
  • Describe methods of escaping from a rip, specifically; strong swimmer, poor swimmer
  • Describe common physical and biological hazards on the coast specifically; marine stingers & rock platforms
  • Recognise an appropriate safe beach and surf bathing zone in key locations
  • Identify beach types
  • Assess wave type and height
  • Assess prevailing weather conditions
  • Identify beach safety rating and select safe beach zone
  • Identify basic patient management techniques
  • Perform checks to identify potential danger to self, patient and bystanders, specifically; preventative actions for communicable diseases
  • Recognise and manage external bleeding injuries
  • Recognise and manage patient shock
  • Recognise and manage patients suffering minor burns, specifically; sunburn
  • Recognise and manage patients suffering soft tissue injuries, specifically; rest, ice, compression, elevation
  • Perform an airway management assessment, specifically; danger response, airway, breathing, circulation
  • Perform basic patient management techniques
  • Recognise and sort patients into management categories
  • Recognise and manage patients with hypothermia/hyperthermia
  • Recognise and manage marine envenomation injuries
  • Recognise and manage patient with chest pains
  • Recognise and manage patients with fractures
  • Recognise and manage patients with spinal injuries
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology
  • Maintain effective documentation
  • Perform basic resuscitation techniques
  • Perform a priority injury management assessment of a patient
  • Place a patient in recovery position
  • Perform a patient roll over
  • Open airway by attaining a backward head tilt
  • Perform 5 full breaths in 10 seconds
  • Detail breathing rate differences for adult, child, infant
  • Perform mouth to mouth/nose/mask expired air resuscitation technique/s
  • Perform resuscitation (CPR) techniques
  • Detail the systems of the body, specifically; muscular-skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, nervous
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of when to commence CPR, and flow chart procedures for CPR.
  • Detail CPR rate differences for adult, child, and infant.
  • Perform 1 and 2 person CPR techniques.
  • Perform oxygen aided resuscitation technique.
  • Demonstrate and describe patient management procedures after CPR.
  • Perform radio communication practices utilising approved SLSA radios.
  • Describe the operational network of the SLSA radio system.
  • Demonstrate basic transmitting and receiving procedures and call signs
  • Detail search and rescue emergency procedures
  • Detail pre-patrol and after post checks
  • Detail routine maintenance of waterproof IRB and hand held radios
  • Detail emergency maintenance and procedures in the event of radio being submerged in water
  • Perform surf skills
  • Complete a 200m run, 200m swim, 200m run within 8 minutes
  • Perform SLSA signals
  • Display a knowledge of SLSA signals
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of actions to be undertaken on receipt of signals
  • Identify persons in distress in a surfing or aquatic environ
  • Describe the signs of drowning, specifically; climbing the ladder, poor flotation, face down, arms waving
  • List common rescues, and rescue sites/conditions, experienced by lifesavers
  • Describe various conditions of persons who need assistance, specifically; anxious, panic, calm, shock
  • Perform patient approaches, support and escapes aided by equipment on unconscious/conscious patients
  • Perform a swim, negotiating the surf, using fins plus a rescue tube
  • Paddle a board, negotiating the surf, using an SLSA rescue board
  • Swim with a rescue tube and paddle a board to a person in distress in a safe aquatic environ and return to shore
  • Assess the patients distress level
  • Secure and support the patient using the rescue equipment
  • Perform front and rear release and escape methods
  • Perform leg and arm blocks
  • Signal the shore using recognised SLSA signals
  • Return patient safely to shore
  • Perform patient retrieval and support unaided by equipment
  • Perform patient tows, specifically tired swimmer, armpit, wrist tows
  • Perform a spinal carry
  • Perform a stinger drag
  • Perform an IRB carry
  • Perform a three person carry
  • Perform a two person seat
  • Perform stretcher carry effectively
  • Describe the purpose of patrols and patrolling
  • List reasons for patrols and patrolling by surf clubs
  • Describe the roles of lifesavers and lifeguards
  • Describe beach user trends and activities at one local beach
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of patrols
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of equipment required for patrolling purposes
  • Demonstrate an ability to set up a patrol base and check equipment
  • Demonstrate an awareness of public relation principles
  • Demonstrate an understanding of patrol methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scanning procedures and methods
  • Display a knowledge of Australian Standard signage commonly used at aquatic venues
  • Identify and demonstrate effects of all factors which impact on bathers and aquatic recreators
  • List 5 possible dangers at the beach
  • List emergency response actions to counter these dangers
  • Perform a simulated patrol rescue
Satisfy competence in all learning outcomes by:
  • Written/oral examination.
  • Basic Skill Performance.
  • Rescue Scenario simulation.
For this award to remain current candidates are required to perform an annual proficiency test.