Introductory Courses

Introductory Courses

Once you’ve successfully gained your SRC or Bronze Medallion, and joined the surf club, you can wear the red and yellow uniform and proudly call yourself a surf lifesaver. You will be assigned to a patrol team where you’ll build skills and experience with the help of other qualified lifesavers. Mona Vale SLSC also run training courses across all major surf lifesaving awards. View the courses available.

Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. This course is the minimum water safety qualification for Junior Activity supervision. Candidates must be at least 13 years of age on the date of assessment.

Candidates will complete a 200 metre swim in five (5) minutes or less, unaided (goggles/mask permitted), 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, evidence of which must be provided to the Assessor on the timed swim form prior to commencement of the assessment for this qualification.

Bronze Medallion

To become a surf lifesaver you need to join a surf lifesaving club. To become a full patrolling member, you will also need to obtain your Bronze Medallion qualification.

To hold a Bronze Medallion, you must demonstrate proficiency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care plus a knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age on the date of assessment.

Candidates will complete a 400 metre swim in nine (9) minutes or less, unaided (goggles/mask permitted), 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, evidence of which must be provided to the Assessor on the appropriate form prior to commencement of the assessment for this qualification.

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