Lifesaving & Education

Overview

No matter what your motivation for becoming a lifesaver is, there will always be a personally satisfying challenge ahead. Apart from the benefits of health, fitness, friendship, competition, knowledge, leadership and being able to put something back into the community, there are always lifesaving awards to be gained, with the majority of these awards now nationally recognized.

Surf lifesavers start young with Active cadets (13 to 15 years), Active juniors (15 to 18) years and Active seniors (18 and over). Cadets receive on the job training while on patrol, while the Juniors are involved in all areas of lifesaving and are required to perform patrol duties. All lifesavers are encouraged to gain extra awards to improve their skills.

Some of the awards we offer and their minimum age requirements are:

  • Surf Rescue Certificate – 13 years
  • Radio Operators Certificate – 13 years
  • Bronze Medallion / Cert. II in Water Safety (Aquatic division) – 15 years
  • Apply First Aid – 14 years
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques – 15 years
  • IRB Crewperson’s Certificate – 15 years
  • Silver Medallion IRB Driver’s Award – 17 years
  • ATV Operator – 17 years
  • Training Officer Certificate – Age 16
  • Perform CPR – Age 10
  • Tractor Induction – 17 years
  • Silver Medallion Life Support – 17 years
  • Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management – 17 years
  • Gold Medallion Advanced Lifesaving – 18 years

These are just a few of the awards that are on offer once you join the lifesaving movement.

Proficiency

To become proficient the following mus be completed:

  • Timed pool swim MUST be completed prior to the proficiency or else you will not be able to start,
  • Pool swim times can be taken by any level 1 swim coach (proof to be supplied), with the downloadable pool form below, and
  • All members must complete the attached workbook or complete your workbook online as per the instructions below.

Contact the Club for the next club proficiency training and exams or watch this space.

Proficiency Documents

Do you want to complete your proficiency paper online? Click here to create an account and complete your paperwork. Alternatively if you are having troubles opening this link or have a Mac computer please visit www.lifesavingonline.com.au

To take part in a Bronze Medallion/Certificate II Course:

  • You must be a minimum of 15 years
  • Have the ability to swim 400 meters in the time of 9 minutes or less

The course will be run over a period of approximately 8 weeks, generally on a Sunday. During this time you will be taught the skills to become an active lifesaver and then assessed on what you have learnt.

Upcoming Courses

If you would like to further your lifesaving skills or just take a refresher course, you can Register for Courses
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Office.

Course Requirements

Yeppoon SLSC offers nationally accredited training to its members covering a range of awards and units of competency.

  • Whether you wish to patrol our beautiful but sometimes hazardous beaches wearing the “Red & Yellow” uniform of our iconic lifesaving movement,
  • Assist with the development of our future life savers with water safety duties.
  • Or simply gain an emergency care award that will be of great benefit in everyday life, Yeppoon SLSC can help achieve your goal.

The following is a guide to the Pre Requisites for the many courses available through Training & Education at Yeppoon SLSC.

Surf Rescue Certificate

  • Must be 13 years of age at date of final assessment
  • Have completed a 200mtr swim in less than five minutes in a pool of not less than 25mtrs in length (must be completed prior to training in surf or deep water).

This award is open to all members and will allow members to patrol and assist with water safety duties.

Bronze Medallion/ Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

  • Must be 15 years of age at date of final assessment
  • Have completed a 400mtr swim in less than nine minutes in a pool not less than 25mtrs in length (must be completed prior to training in surf or deep water).

Training for this course will involve;

  • Surf awareness and survival skills
  • Rescue procedures
  • Team work and patrol procedures
  • Emergency care & Resuscitation
  • Anatomy and Physiology.

A reasonable level of fitness is required to undertake this course as it involves regular run/swim/run components as well as rescue scenarios using various rescue equipment in the surf, all of which is assessed at the end of the training course. Course duration is usually each Sunday morning over an 8-10 week period.

Other courses available to Yeppoon SLSC members;

IRB Crew Award

  • Must be 15 years of age at date of assessment
  • Current proficient holder of Bronze Medallion

Silver Medallion IRB Driver

  • Must be 17 years of age at date of assessment
  • Hold a proficient IRB Crew award
  • Hold a QLD Marine Licence

Apply First Aid (HLTFA311A)

  • Must be 14 years of age at date of assessment

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ARTC-HLTFA404C)

  • Must be 15 years of age at date of Assessment

Candidates must also hold one of the following qualifications;

  • HLTFA301C Apply First Aid
  • HLTFA201B Provide basic life support (found in Cert II)
  • HLTCPR201B Provide CPR.

Radio Officers Course

  • Must be 13 years of age at date of assessment

Note this course is currently under review.

Junior Age Managers Course

  • Must be 16 years of age at date of assessment
  • Must hold a current working with children’s blue card (if over 18 yrs)
  • Recommended to complete the Observers award.

Other awards available throughout the season are; ATV

Wide Bay Branch also have a number of courses available that are conducted throughout the season and advertised through Club marketing and communication structure which include:

Spinal Management

  • Must be 17 years of age at date of assessment
  • Be current proficient holder Bronze Medallion or Apply Senior First Aid
  • Hold the unit of competency HLTFA2011A (provide basic emergency life support)

Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management

  • Must be 17 years of age at date of assessment
  • Hold or have held SLSA Bronze Medallion
  • Be a current proficient holder of Radio Officer Certificate or ARTC or Apply First Aid

Gold Medallion- Advanced Lifesaver

  • Must be 17 years of age at date of assessment
  • Hold a current proficient Bronze Medallion
  • Hold SMBBM or Silver Medallion Patrol Captain award.
  • Apply Senior First Aid
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
  • Complete an 800mtr swim in 14 minutes or less.

Training Officers Certificate

  • Must be 16 years of age at date of assessment
  • Must hold the award for the discipline you wish to train.

Online Proficiency Paper

Do you want to complete your proficiency paper online? Click here to create an account and complete your paperwork.

Alternatively if you are having troubles opening this link or have a Mac computer please visit www.lifesavingonline.com.au

Please note – sometimes the Surf Life Saving Australia website may be down. If so, please try again in 30 minutes on contact the SLSA Offce on (02) 9215 8000.