Lifesaving Awards


Club members are required to achieve set levels of competency in order to carry out their duties as lifesavers on the beach. Our Junior members (Nippers) also need to demonstrate suitable swimming abilities to allow them to participate in water based activities during Nipper sessions.  Skills evaluations or ‘proficiencies’ are undertaken every year to ensure members have the skills necessary to perform patrolling duties or participate in club activities

Surf Lifesaving Australia has an Award framework which allows members to gain skills and knowledge, relevant to their age and ability level, in First Aid, aquatic rescue techniques, communications, patrol technique and surf awareness.  Many of these Awards are nationally recognised and beneficial, not only to club patrols, but also to many workplaces where they continue to be well regarded.

Our club offers free training and education to members throughout the year to achieve age appropriate awards, from Nippers through to senior members. Refer to the Training Courses and Surf Education calendar on this website.


Junior Members (Nippers)

Nippers will participate in many water based activities during Nippers sessions. To ensure that children have a suitable swimming ability to allow them to participate in these activities, all Nippers must complete a Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation specific to their age group (often called Proficiency). The evaluations are completed at the beginning of the season and sessions will be advised by your Age Manager or JAC.

Pool Evaluation
Every junior member is required to participate in the Pool Evaluation, prior to undertaking any Nipper activities. It includes a pool swim, and a timed survival float. The intent of this is to evaluate each junior member’s swimming and water survival ability for the information of the member, parent and age manager.

Competency Beach Evaluation (Run-Swim-Run)
Every junior member must also complete the Competency Beach Evaluation (Run-Swim-Run) prior to participating in competitive intra-club water based activities, and prior to gaining their age award. This ensures that all children can demonstrate a standard of competence in beach conditions similar to what would be experienced during weekly Nippers sessions. Nippers may work towards gaining this level of competency throughout the season.

Competition Evaluation
From Under 8’s upwards, juniors may begin to compete in inter-club competition. To ensure that all junior members who wish to compete have the ability, strength and fitness standard required to complete the course, they must be able to complete the Junior Competition Evaluation for their age group.   The Junior Competition Evaluation is based on the swim competition distances as set out in the current SLSA Australian Surf Sports Manual and is an open water swim over a minimum distance specified for each age group. Refer to the Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation Table (download table) for age relevant competency requirements.

Senior Members

All active patrol members are required to complete annual proficiency tests in the Bronze Medallion and other relevant awards under the direction of an SLSA Assessor/Facilitator, as outlined by SLSQ.

The proficiency tests (both theory and practical) must be completed during the proficiency period of 1 July to 31 December of the current year and remain valid until 31 December of the following year.

Full information on meeting proficiency requirements can be found at LS 0024 Proficiencies. The proficiency requirements for the Bronze Medallion Award are as follows:-

Bronze Medallion Proficiency
Must include the following assessment tasks:

1) Pool Swim:-400m pool swim (in a pool of no less than 25m) in 9 minutes or less.
2) Proficiency Theory Paper: (paper based OR on-line)
3) Signals:-Demonstration of SLSA signals
4) Run Swim Run:-200m Run – 200m Swim – 200m Run- completed in 8 minutes or less
5) Radios
6) Rescues (BOTH Board and Tube/Double Tube)
7) Resuscitation
8) Defib Awareness and Oxy (BM Level) – only if the member does not also hold the ARTC award
9) Carries/Supports (including spinal board carry)
10) IRB Awareness – only if member was not proficient in either the 2011/2012 or 2012/2013 Seasons
11) Administration of Anaphylaxis and Asthma Reliever Medications – only if member was not proficient in either 2011/2012 or 2012/2013 seasons

It is strongly recommended that all patrolling members participate in a Patrol Scenario, which promotes the importance of team work and good communication, whilst allowing members to practice and apply their lifesaving knowledge and skills.


Junior Age Awards (Nippers)

As part of the Junior Activities Program, children have the opportunity to gain a junior development award each season. Each junior member is encouraged to attain their respective age award during each season. Those wishing to compete in inter-club events must complete their award prior to the close of entries for their Branch and/or State Championships.

The following awards have been developed for each age group.

  • Under 6                                Surf Play One
  • Under 7                                Surf Play Two
  • Under 8                                Surf Aware One
  • Under 9                                Surf Aware Two
  • Under 10                             Surf Safe One
  • Under 11                              Surf Safe Two
  • Under 12                              Surf Smart One
  • Under 13                              Surf Smart Two
  • Under 14                              Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

Senior Awards

Becoming a member gives you the opportunity to undertake training in not only your Bronze Medallion but also train in other Advanced awards. This is not only beneficial to the Club patrols but gives you excellent knowledge and is useful in the work environment.

All course date are available on the clubs website and calendar. Please contact the Office for more information.

Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) – is a developmental award in hopes of eventually achieving the Bronze Medallion. It gives the holder the ability to perform patrols and water safety duties, essentially working as an apprentice to Bronze Medallion Holders. SRC courses are usually run concurrently with Bronze courses to encourage full development.

  • Must be a financial member of an affiliated Surf Life Saving Club.
  • Must be 13 years of age at time of assessment.
  • Must be able to complete a 200m pool swim in under 5 minutes, in a pool no less than 25 metres.

Bronze Medallion– The aim of the Bronze Medallion course is to develop your skills and knowledge to perform the role of a patrolling lifesaver on the beach. You will develop knowledge and skills and knowledge to select appropriate equipment (tube, board, AED, radios) when responding to an aquatic rescue or during routine patrol duties.

  • Must be a Financial member of an affiliated Surf Life Saving Club
  • Must be at least 15 years of age at the time of assessment.
  • Must be able to complete a 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes, in a pool of no less than 25 metres

Apply First Aid- this course outlines the principles of First Aid. This is the base qualification to become a First Aid Officer in any context.

  • Must be a financial member of an affiliated Surf Life Saving Club.
  • Must be 15 years of age at time of assessment.

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate or ART– trains in the use of the Oxygen Reviver and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This covers specifically use within a Surf Life Saving context and equipment specific to Surf Life Saving Clubs.

  • Must be a financial member of an affiliated Surf Life Saving Club.
  • Must be at least 15 years of age at time of Assessment.
  • Must hold or be proficient in at least one of the following awards- Bronze Medallion, Operational or Apply First Aid, Resuscitation Certificate.

IRB Crewman– The aim of this course is to help you develop skills and knowledge to effectively participate as crew in rescue using an Inflatable Rescue Boat.

  • Must be a financial member of an affiliated Surf Life Saving Club.
  • Must be at least 15 years of age at time of Assessment.
  • Must hold a PROFICIENT Bronze Medallion.

IRB Driver– The aim is to help you develop and skills to safely and effectively drive an Inflatable Rescue Boat.

  • Must be a financial member of an affiliated Surf Life Saving Club.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age to commence training.
  • Must be at least 17 years of age at time of assessment.
  • Must hold a Valid QLD Marine Drivers Licence.
  • Must hold and be proficient in the following- Bronze Medallion, IRB Crewman

Age Managers Award– This award teaches the principles of being an Age Manager for Junior Activities Members (Nippers). The theory for this award can be completed online now. To do this visit and follow the prompts.

  • Must be a financial member of an affiliated Surf Life Saving Club.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age at time of assessment.