Bronze Medallion (BM)

New & Current Members: registrations close 14th January

Course Dates

All training is postponed until further notice

Bronze Medallion courses are typically run as follows:

  • 7-8 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays from 0700-1400


Candidates must be at least 15 years of age on the date of final assessment and complete an unaided swim (goggles/masks permitted) of 400 metre swim in nine (9) minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities, this will be assessed on the first day of the course.

How you will learn

The Bronze Medallion is designed to be delivered using a blended learning approach. This means that you will learn using a variety of methods including face-to-face learning (in the classroom, on the beach and in the water) and self-paced learning (completed in your own time).

What's Covered

The aim of this course is to provide participants with skills and knowledge related to surf awareness, aquatic rescue operations, radio operations, resuscitation, emergency care, spinal management, communication, teamwork and Surf Life Saving patrol operations. This award includes and builds upon the SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate, and it is the prerequisite award for many other SLS pathway awards.

It is recommended for SLS members who wish to:

  • perform in the role of a qualified lifesaver after the age of 15 years

  • participate in SLS surf sports competitions which require them to be proficient in the Bronze Medallion as a prerequisite condition

  • progress through the SLS Aquatic Rescue or Powercraft award pathway.

Course Outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge of the surf environment including hazards and surf conditions;

  • Apply surf skills and techniques for self-survival in the water while negotiating prevailing surf conditions with or without a flotation device;

  • Prepare for and respond to a rescue with appropriate rescue and personal protective equipment;

  • Participate in assessing a rescue scene;

  • Safely perform a rescue using appropriate equipment and rescue techniques while following Surf Life Saving procedures;

  • Conclude rescue operations in line with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;

  • Safely use Surf Life Saving communications systems and radio equipment to support communications consistent with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;

  • Apply fault-finding techniques and maintain Surf Life Saving radio equipment;

  • Respond to an emergency situation requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);

  • Perform a primary victim assessment including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED);

  • Respond to an emergency situation requiring first aid;

  • Perform a secondary victim assessment and apply appropriate first aid procedures;

  • Identify and manage victims with a suspected spinal cord injury;

  • Accurately report and convey first aid incident details to emergency response services while maintaining confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and Surf Life Saving policies;

  • Communicate effectively using verbal and non-verbal communication techniques in line with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;

  • Give, receive and act upon instructions within an agreed timeframe and to meet Surf Life Saving needs;

  • Take part in group discussions and informal meetings in a constructive way to facilitate Surf Life Saving outcomes;

  • Prepare and process routine written correspondence notes and records in line with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;

  • Contribute to team activities to ensure they are completed to required standard within required timeframes and in accordance with organisational policies and procedures

  • Share knowledge and information with team members and Surf Life Saving committees to enable efficient completion of tasks in accordance with the Surf Life Saving's policies and procedures;

  • Give and receive support and feedback to/from team members and Surf Life Saving committees;

  • Manage and maintain your own work effectiveness;

  • Develop and maintain your own expertise;

  • Promote cooperation and contribute to improving Surf Life Saving and quality of outcomes;

  • Follow Surf Life Saving procedures for hazard identification and risk control;

  • Participate in group meetings to contribute to the management of workplace health and safety.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with the SLSA Bronze Medallion. You will also receive the following nationally recognised qualification and units of competency:


1. PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment

2. PUASAR012 Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills

3. PUASAR013 Participate in an aquatic rescue operation

4. HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support

5. PUACOM001 Communicate in the workplace

6. PUATEA001 Work in a team

7. PUATEA004 Work effectively in a public safety organisation

8. PUAWHS001 Follow defined work health & safety policies & procedures

Further details about each of the above mentioned nationally recognised units of competency and certificate are available on the Australian Government’s website.


  • Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace.

  • Assessments must be completed in a similar environment to where patrol activities will be undertaken. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.

  • Also includes Learning Theory and Assessment Theory questions (these can be completed online (preferred) or via hard copy).