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Surf Rescue Certificate

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The Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) course is the introductory award for a patrolling surf lifesaver that can be achieved from the age of 13. This course helps to prepare participants for active patrolling duties that may include: rescue skills, first aid and resuscitation.

Participants not only test their skills in practical learning, but also explore the theoretical side of surf lifesaving, including: safety knowledge and surf awareness.


A candidate must:

  • Be a minimum of 13 years old on the date of assessment.
  • Have completed a 200 metre swim in five (5) minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25m, or over open measured water which will be observed prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities.

Learning Resources

Candidates are instructed in the lifesaving competencies described in the following relevant sections of the 34th Edition of the PUBLIC SAFETY AND AQUATIC RESCUE training manual.


Unit 1 - Safety and Wellbeing
Unit 2 - Surf Awareness and Skills
Unit 3 - The Human Body
Unit 4 - Resuscitation
Unit 6 - First Aid
Unit 8 - Communications
Unit 9 - Rescue Techniques
Unit 11 - Patrols


Assessment of the SRC is based on candidate induction and the following assessment tasks:

  • Dry Assessments - Signals, First Aid & CPR
  • Wet Assessments - 100m Run-100m Swim-100m Run, Rescues (tube and board)

Please be prepared with goggles, towel, sunscreen, wetsuit, warm clothes, training manual, drink bottle, pen, paper and a positive attitude.



Bronze Medallion

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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.
  • If you are interested in participating in the course please contact the
Information: Provides participants with the knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. The course runs over a period of approximately 6-8 weeks and includes two sessions per week.

Prerequisites: Age minimum 15 years at time of dry assessment. All participants must be able to complete a timed 400 metre pool swim within 9 minutes prior to starting the bronze course and will be completed during the first session.


Rescue Proficiency

Bronze Medallion & Surf Rescue Certificate

The proficiency test for the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion for the season will be:

  • Run Swim Run (timed)
  • Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Signals – 10 correct
  • Rescue (1 of either Board or Tube)

NB: Providing water safety for Bronze Medallion proficiencies or other Surf Lifesaving events is not permitted as a proficiency. All members must complete all sections under the supervision of an endorsed SLSNSW Assessor.

Run Swim Run

Run and swim distances for the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion:

  • Be taken from waist deep water, e.g. the run is from a flag, around a marker and to waist deep water, the swim is from waist deep water around two swimming buoys and back to waist deep water
  • Course must be around two swimming buoys


  • Surf Rescue Certificate 100m Run / 100m Swim / 100m Run (time limit 5 minutes)
  • Bronze Medallion 200m Run / 200m Swim / 200m Run (time limit 8 minutes)


A patient assessment on a live patient and demonstration of lateral position. CPR, 1 and 2 people (adult or child or infant) on a manikin. This shall include resuscitation using a mask with oxygen supplement. Awards involving resuscitation are to be assessed annually. Once proficiency is achieved, resuscitation in other award proficiencies is not required.


Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion holders must demonstrate 10 correct signals as determined by the Assessor conducting the proficiency.


Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion holders must demonstrate a rescue, using either a rescue tube or a rescue board, according to SLSA operating procedures in the current Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual (34th Edition). The rescue must consist of the following events being assessed:

  • Negotiating the surf zone
  • Securing the patient
  • Returning to shore with the patient
  • Calling for assistance

The Assessor may request the candidate to conduct a patient assessment on the beach. The member may choose the rescue equipment and can use flippers during the tube rescue.