Rescue Proficiency

Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate

The proficiency test for the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion for the 2013/14 season will be:

  • Run Swim Run (timed)
  • Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Signals – 10 correct
  • Rescue (1 of either Board or Tube)

NB: Providing water safety for Bronze Medallion proficiencies or other Surf Lifesaving events is not permitted as a proficiency. All members must complete all sections under the supervision of an endorsed SLSNSW Assessor.

Run Swim Run

Run and swim distances for the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion:

  • Be taken from waist deep water, e.g. the run is from a flag, around a marker and to waist deep water, the swim is from waist deep water around two swimming buoys and back to waist deep water
  • Course must be around two swimming buoys


  • Surf Rescue Certificate 100m Run / 100m Swim / 100m Run (time limit 5 minutes)
  • Bronze Medallion 200m Run / 200m Swim / 200m Run (time limit 8 minutes)


A patient assessment on a live patient and demonstration of lateral position. CPR, 1 and 2 people (adult or child or infant) on a manikin. This shall include resuscitation using a mask with oxygen supplement.

Awards involving resuscitation are to be assessed annually. Once proficiency is achieved, resuscitation in other award proficiencies is not required.


Defibrillator awareness and use should be included in the 2009/10 proficiency test for existing patrolling members and must be included in the 2010/11 proficiency test so that all  active patrolling members will be proficient in the use by 31st December 2010. This awareness and use should take the form of a short workshop and practice in application of pads and safety awareness during a resuscitation scenario.


Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion holders must demonstrate 10 correct signals as determined by the Assessor conducting the proficiency.


Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion holders must demonstrate a rescue, using either a rescue tube or a rescue board, according to SLSA operating procedures in the current Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual (33rd Edition). The rescue must consist of the following events being assessed:

  1. Negotiating the surf zone
  2. Securing the patient
  3. Returning to shore with the patient
  4. Calling for assistance

The Assessor may request the candidate to conduct a patient assessment on the beach. The member may choose the rescue equipment and can use flippers during the tube rescue.

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