Courses and Education 2016-2017


Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic rescue)

Award summary:

The aim of this course is to provide members with knowledge of basic patrolling, first aid and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in life saving operations. This is the main award for Surf Life Savers in Australia.

Unit/s of Competency:

Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) has the following units:

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


On successful completion the participants will receive the SLSA Bronze Medallion and a Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue).

 Course content: 

  • Safety and wellbeing
  • Surf awareness and skills
  • The human body
  • Resuscitation
  • Defibrillation and basic oxygen
  • First aid
  • Radio Communications
  • Communication
  • Rescue techniques
  • Carries and support
  • Patrols


 Candidates must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the dates of assessment.

  • Candidates must have completed a 400 metre swim in 9 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course. This needs to be completed prior to any training in the surf and/or deep water and must be signed off on the candidates assessment portfolio.

Course Duration:

Bronze course duration is usually 45-55 hours (9 weeks). Most Clubs run this as a weekly program.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

 If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this course, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Consult the SLSNSW RPL Guide for Applicants available on the Participant Resources page of the SLSNSW website.

Course enquiries:

Please contact the Chief Training Officer at your Club.


Candidates will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace. They will be required to complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios.


For this award to remain current candidates must perform a proficiency check prior to 31st December each year.


Trainers and assessors for this award must be endorsed to train/assess Bronze Medallion.

Training resources for this course:


  • Training enrolment form
  • Bronze Medallion Learner guide
  • RPL application form
  • Participant evaluation form
  • Training course report
  • Multiday attendance sheet
  • Assessors completion form


 Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue (33rd edition).

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