Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club runs a number of surf lifesaving education courses throughout the year; including, the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion. The Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion are key awards, assisting with the delivery of lifesaving activities and additional awards; e.g. Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and IRB Drivers. The club provides support to members who wish to gain surf lifesaving qualifications, and encourages each member to undertake as many qualifications as possible.
Club members need to have their Bronze Medallion to be eligible to use club equipment, compete and volunteer on patrols. New members are encouraged to become qualified lifesavers by completing their Bronze Medallion. Participants need to be at least 15 years of age and be able to swim 400 meters in 9 minutes or less in a pool environment. Bronze Medallion training includes surf awareness and survival; patrol and rescue procedures; anatomy and physiology; and emergency care.
When members reach the under 14s age group they can complete their Surf Rescue Certificate as a precursor for the Bronze Medallion. Participants must swim 200 meters in 5 minutes or less, in a swimming pool as a prerequisite. Training involves surf awareness, basic first aid, resuscitation, surf skills, rescue techniques and patrols.
Our Junior Activity members (up to and including our Under 14 group) undertake a structured surf education syllabus. Through this program the children learn surf awareness and surf safety, along with many surf lifesaving skills. Parents of our Junior Activity members are encouraged to become members of the club and join in by assisting with activities.
The Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion are also available to parents and helpers of the Nippers Program. To ensure the safety of the children, the club is required to have a sufficient number of parents qualified with at least a current Surf Rescue Certificate qualification. These parents can then provide water safety during the surf based activities.
After receiving a Bronze Medallion, members can further enhance their surf lifesaving skills by undertaking courses for the following awards:
- ARTC – Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
- Senior First Aid Certificate
- Spinal Management Certificate
- Pain Management Certificate
- Radio Operators Certificate
- IRB crew certificate
- Silver Medallion – IRB Driver
- Silver Medallion – Basic Beach Management
- Gold Medallion
- Training Officer Certificate
- Assessor Certificate
Further details on all courses, including prerequisites can be found at SLSWA Website.
Proficiency activities ensure skills and competencies are maintained over time. It also provides an opportunity to keep members up to date with any changes affecting the award. Proficiency must be completed for all awards by December 31st each year.
The proficiency requirements for each award are detailed below and dates/times for proficiency will be made available through the Club’s Education Calendar.
- Bronze Medallion – annually
- Surf Rescue Certificate – annually
- ARTC – annually
- IRB Driver or Crew – annually
- Senior First Aid – every 3 years
- Gold Medallion – annually
- Trainer and/or Assessor – attend annual in-service conference
Seasonal Bronze and SRC Re-Qualification
If you hold the SRC or Bronze Medallion award, you’ll need to undertake a Skills Maintenance check (previously known as a Requal) prior to the end of December each year in order to keep your award current.
So, that will require one dry session (covering CPR and First Aid, and Radios for Bronzies) and one wet session (covering the run-swim-run, board and tube rescues, and spinals for Bronzies). However, in a new move this year, SLSA has taken the Skills Maintenance process online!
Check our Club Calendar for upcoming courses.