Bronze Medallion

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

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.

To commence training for the Bronze Medallion you must:

  • be a financial member of an SLS club
  • be at least 15 years of age on the 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. Evidence of this must be provided to the assessor prior to commencement of the assessment for this qualification/SLSA award.

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

You will also be awarded the following additional unit of competency:

  1. HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Assessment conditions:

This award is assessed within the SNB branch in a central venue environment with an Assessor to Candidate ratio of 1:6. Candidates should be assessed by Assessors from another club.

For more detailed information on this award, download a copy of the course overview.
Bronze Medallion (BM) Course Overview



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