Life Saving Awards & Pathways

The following is an outline of the various training programs and awards offered by Inverloch SLSC in conjunction with Life Saving Victoria and Surf Life Saving Australia. Training is conducted by qualified instructors at a club, district and state level and is nationally recognised. A number of awards are also aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

We have provided a summary of the most common awards below.

If you would like more information about development, training and leadership pathways please refer to the Life Saving Victoria Pathways guide which can be downloaded here.

Lifesaving Awards

Bronze Medallion

Attaining the Bronze Medallion enables you to join a patrol team and actively participate as a volunteer on the beach. The award is also the stepping stone to other more advanced awards within lifesaving. To complete the course, you need to do a timed swim, attend our course complete a workbook and pass an exam including both written and practical demonstration components. You must be a minimum of 15 years old to be eligible for the award. The club runs a Bronze Camp in December each year.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Safety and wellbeing
  • Surf awareness and skills
  • The human body
  • Resuscitation
  • Defibrillation and basic oxygen
  • First aid
  • Radio communications
  • Communication
  • Rescue techniques
  • Carries and supports
  • Patrols

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the dates of assessment
  • Candidates must have completed a 400 metre swim in 9 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course. This needs to be completed prior to any training in the surf and/or deep water and must be signed off on the candidate’s assessment portfolio.

Surf Rescue Certificate

Like the Bronze, the SRC award enables you to participate in volunteer patrols on the beach. This award contains a subset of the Bronze Medallion syllabus and provides and opportunity for younger members to make a valuable contribution whilst at the same time gaining experience “on the job”. To complete the course, you need to do a timed swim, attend our course complete a workbook and pass an exam including both written and practical demonstration components. SRC is conducted the same time as the Nipper program in late December/early January. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years old to participate.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Safety and wellbeing
  • Surf awareness and skills
  • First aid
  • Resuscitation
  • Rescue techniques
  • Signals

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must have completed a 200 metre swim in 5 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course on flat water. This needs to be completed prior to any training in the surf and/or deep water and must be signed off on the candidate’s assessment portfolio.

Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB)

IRB Crew Certificate

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations. On successful completion you will receive the SLSA Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew Certificate.

 Training covers to following areas:

  • Demonstrate pre-operation procedures
  • Crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat
  • Perform emergency drills
  • Conduct IRB rescues, search and recovery
  • Demonstrate post operation service and storage

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must hold a current SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
Silver Medallion IRB Driver

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive the SLSA Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver award and a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the applicable units of competency. Silver Medallion IRB Driver course duration is approximately 8 – 10 sessions. You will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace and complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios.

 Training covers to following areas:

  • Prepare for rescue boat operation
  • Operate rescue boat
  • Conduct emergency drills
  • Conduct rescue boat search and recovery
  • Recover and restore vessel
  • Determine current location, destination and resources
  • Determine and plan a safe course
  • Navigate to destination
  • Return to home port
  • Complete post navigational activities
  • Maintain effective communications

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must hold a current SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • Candidates must hold a current IRB Crewperson Certificate
  • Candidates must have more than 10 hours IRB crewing experience evidenced by log
  • Candidates must hold the following units of competency:
    • PUASAR009B Participate in an aquatic rescue operations
    • PUAEME001B Provide emergency care
    • PUAOPE002B Operate communication systems and equipment
    • PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace
 Basic Beach Management

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to manage a beach in emergency and non-emergency situations. This module is designed to expand on beach management topics covered in the Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue). On successful completion you will receive the SLSA Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Responsibilities and duties of a lifesaver and beach manager
  • Legislation and regulations relevant to your beach
  • Managing your beach and the public
  • Media Management
  • Liaising with other organisations
  • Risk Management
  • Search and Rescue
  • Patrol Methods

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must hold a SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • Candidates must be proficient in one of the following awards:
    • Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
    • Radio Operator Certificate
    • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
    • Senior First aid Certificate (Apply first aid)
    • Spinal Management Certificate
Gold Medallion (Advanced Lifesaving)

The aim of this course is to provide you with advanced skills and knowledge to manage emergency situations autonomously. On successful completion the you will receive the SLSA Gold Medallion (Advanced lifesaving), the highest level lifesaving award attainable. Gold Medallion training is conducted at a state level at a camp usually held in September. Members attaining the Gold Medallion are eligible to seek professional Lifeguard positions through Life Saving Victoria.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Perform Complex Patient Rescue and Support, Aided and Unaided by Equipment
  • Select appropriate rescue equipment
  • Access and manage the patient’s levels of distress
  • Support and return patients to shore
  • Perform a one-person drag technique and patient lay
  • Perform Surf Skill and Fitness Test
  • Complete a 400 metre swim, 800 metre run, 400 metre board paddle and 800 metre run in 25 minutes
  • Complete tube rescue of patient 100 metres out at sea and return (flippers optional)
  • Complete board rescue of patient 200 metres out at sea and return
  • Work Autonomously
  • Plan and undertake work activities
  • Accept responsibilities
  • Set performance requirements
  • Maintain team performance

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Complete an 800 metre swim in 14 minutes or less in a pool no less than 25 metres in length
  • Candidates must hold the following SLSA awards:
    • Hold a current SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
    • Hold a current Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
    • Hold a current Apply (Senior) First Aid Certificate
    • Hold a current Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management
    • Hold a current Spinal Management Award

Emergency Care Awards

Apply (Senior) First Aid Certificate

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage emergency first aid situations until professional medical support is available. On successful completion you will receive a Senior First Aid Certificate (Apply first aid) and a statement of attainment for units of competency.

Training covers to following areas:

  • The principals of first aid
  • Managing emergency situations
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Treatment of infection, shock, fractures, bleeding and burns
  • Emergencies due to lack of oxygen, excess heat or cold
  • Management of common medical emergencies
  • Treatment of poisoning and envenomation

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 14 years of age on the date of the final assessment
Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive the SLSA Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate and a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the relevant units of competency.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Assess the casualty and develop a management plan
  • Check resuscitation equipment
  • Maintain an airway by:
    • Using suction
    • Using oropharyngeal airways (OP airways)
  • Resuscitate a casualty using oxygen
  • Use oxygen to provide therapy
  • Recover and restore oxygen equipment
  • Check defibrillation equipment
  • Attach and operate a defibrillator
  • Recover and restore defibrillation equipment

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must hold the unit of competency PUAEME001B Provide emergency care AND one of the following units:
    • HLTFA301B Apply first aid
    • HLTCPR201A Perform CPR
    • HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support
  • Candidates must hold one of the following SLSA awards:
    • Hold a current SLSA Bronze Medallion OR
    • Hold a current Basic Emergency Care Certificate OR
    • Hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate
Spinal Management

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage injured casualties with suspected spinal injuries in an aquatic environment and in emergency situations. On successful completion the you will receive the SLSA Spinal Management Certificate.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Basic understanding of spinal cord anatomy and injuries
  • Identify possible causes of spinal injuries
  • Detail the signs and symptoms of a patient with suspected spinal injuries
  • How to move a casualty with suspected spinal injuries
  • Detail the principles of immobilisation for spinal injuries
  • Detail and demonstrate the management of head and spinal injuries
  • Detail the precautions necessary for the transportation of casualties with suspected spinal injuries

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must hold the unit of competency PUAEME001B Provide Emergency Care
  • Candidates must hold one of the following SLSA awards:
    • Current SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
    • Current Senior First Aid Certificate (Apply first aid) CPR must have been updated in the last 12 months
Silver Medallion Advanced Emergency Care

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage multifaceted emergencies in an advanced manner. On completion you will receive the SLSA Silver Medallion Advanced Emergency Care.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Priority management
  • Identifying strategies
  • Prioritising, identifying and selecting strategies
  • Problem solving, planning, choosing strategies
  • Scenarios (casualty simulation)
  • Maintaining effective communication

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must hold all of the following SLSA awards:
  • SLSA Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
  • SLSA Spinal Management Certificate
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (Apply first aid)
  • Candidates hold one of the following units of competency:
    • HLTCPR201A Perform CPR
    • HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support
    • HLTFA301B Apply first aid

Training and Assessment Awards

Training Officer’s Certificate

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver quality training of Surf Life Saving awards. This is a pre-requisite to being a trainer in Surf Life Saving awards. On completion of this course you will be issued with a statement of attainment for the following unit of competency:

  • TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction unit of competency.

To become a SLSA endorsed training officer, you must then be mentored to train a minimum of two (2) courses in their chosen field. Once this has been signed off by the mentor, you will also be issued with a SLSA Training Officer Certificate in the discipline of their choice.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Adult learners
  • Learning styles
  • Barriers to learning
  • Training performance
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Training environment and resources
  • What is an effective workplace trainer?
  • What is effective workplace training?
  • Conduct instruction and demonstration
  • Facilitating learning
  • Effective questioning
  • Presenting a skill-based session
  • Presenting an information based session
  • Training Performance
  • Encouraging feedback
  • Readiness for assessment
  • Evaluating the training session
  • Recording training details

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age on the date of the final assessment

Note: Before you can conduct training for any award (eg Bronze Medallion, IRB crew etc), you must have current knowledge of the award in which you wish to deliver training and be endorsed as a trainer in that award by this Branch.

Assessor Certificate

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to competently assess Surf Life Saving awards. On completion of this course you will be issued with a statement of attainment for the following units of competency:

  • TAEASS401A – Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402A – Assess competence
  • TAEASS403A – Participate in assessment validation

To become a SLSA endorsed assessor you must then be mentored to assess a minimum of two (2) courses in their chosen field. Once this has been signed off by the mentor, you will also be issued with a SLSA Assessor Certificate in the discipline of your choice.

Training covers to following areas:

  • Overview of assessment
  • Planning for assessment
  • Assessment methods
  • Assessment tools
  • Organising arrangements and assessor skills
  • Assessing competence
  • Organising recognition processes
  • Recording and reviewing assessment outcomes
  • Validation of assessment
  • Contributing to validation
  • Analysing and documenting validation

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age on the date of the final assessment

Note: Before you can become an assessor for any award (eg Bronze Medallion, IRB crew etc), you must have current knowledge of the award you wish to assess and be endorsed as an assessor in that award by this Branch.