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Education

Pambula SLSC offers a range of courses and qualifications for its members.

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The Bronze Medallion / Cert 2 Public Safety & Aquatic Rescue

If you want to be part of the surf club family then this is the course to start with. Once completed It opens up many avenues of enjoyment.

Patrolling our beach.

Assisting with Nippers

Assisting with Same Wave program

Competing in carnivals at all levels Branch, State and National.

Learning skills like Board paddling, Ski and boat rowing

The pre-requisites is completing a 400 metre pool swim in less than 9 minutes. The swim must be witnessed by a SLSA Assessor using the  Pool Assessment Swim Form.

Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios. 

The course itself covers a range of topics and information you will require for patrols including:

  • Safety and well being

  • Surf awareness and skills

  • The human body

  • Resuscitation

  • Defibrillation and basic oxygen

  • First aid

  • Radio operations

  • Communications

  • Rescue techniques

  • Carries and supports

  • Patrols

You must be older than 15 years of age to complete your Bronze Medallion. Younger people (13 to 15) who want to become a life saver can complete their Surf Rescue Certificate and assist in patrols until they are old enough to take the Bronze.

To commence training for the Bronze Medallion you must:

  • Be a financial member of an SLS club;

  • Be at least 15 years of age on the final assessment date;

  • Complete an unaided swim of 400 m in 9 minutes or less (goggles and masks permitted) in a swimming pool of not less than 25 m, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to you undertaking any water training or assessment activities. Evidence of this must be provided to the assessor prior to commencement of the assessment for this qualification/SLSA award.

You will also need an everyday standard of language, literacy and numeracy skills to be able to:

  • Follow written, verbal and visual instructions;

  • Read and interpret a range of signs and symbols;

  • Read and interpret written information;

  • Make basic mathematical calculations to carry out everyday activities;

  • Keep accurate written records.

IRB Crew
Course outcomes: By the end of the course, you will be able to: Crew an IRB:
  • List the different classes of IRB

  • Identify the components of an IRB and ancillary equipment

  • Contribute to the safe and efficient launching of an IRB

  • Demonstrate safe crewing positions while negotiating the surf

  • Perform emergency procedures

  • Observation, hazards and risks are identified and clearly communicated to the driver

Maintain an IRB:

  • Perform pre-operational checks and preventative maintenance of the IRB hull

  • Perform post-operational maintenance of the IRB hull

  • Report major wear or damage according to organisation procedures

  • Perform conscious and unconscious casualty pick-ups

  • Perform complex rescues including swimming rescues, sailboarder and kite surfer rescues.

    Prerequisites: • Bronze Medallion

IRB Driver

The IRB Driver is responsible for safely operating the IRB in the surf zone and managing the IRB Crew.

The Silver Medallion IRB Driver provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations.

Course outcomes: By the end of this course, you will be able to: Understand the roles and responsibilities of an IRB Driver, including:
  • List the duties of an IRB Driver

  • List the safety considerations when operating an IRB

  • Provide direction to an IRB Crewperson in all their operational duties

  • Communicate effectively with Crewperson, the public and patients in the normal performance of duties

Drive an IRB

  • Identify the components of an IRB motor

  • Launch an IRB safely and efficiently

  • List motor hazards in the surf

  • Safely and efficiently negotiate the surf while driving an IRB

  • Perform emergency procedures

Perform rescues in an IRB as a Driver

  • Perform conscious and unconscious patient pick-ups

  • Perform complex rescue operations including swimming rescues, sailboarder and kite surfer rescues

  • Contribute to search and rescue operations; liaising effectively with other emergency response services as required

Prepare and maintain an IRB motor

  • Perform pre-operational checks and preventative maintenance of the IRB motor

  • Perform post-operations maintenance of the IRB motor

  • Perform motor re-start procedure after submersion in the surf

  • Report major wear and damage according to organisational procedures

Prerequisites: • Bronze Medallion

                            • IRB Crew

Surf Resuscitation Certificate - SRC

This course provides participants with skills and knowledge of surf awareness, aquatic rescue operations and resuscitation in order to participate in lifesaving operations and act in the role of Water Safety Personnel.

Course outcomes:
  • Apply knowledge of the surf environment including hazards and surf conditions;

  • Apply surf skills and techniques for self-survival in the water while negotiating prevailing surf conditions with or without a flotation device;

  • Prepare for and respond to a rescue with appropriate rescue and personal protective equipment;

  • Participate in assessing a rescue scene;

  • Safely perform a rescue using appropriate equipment and rescue techniques while following Surf Life Saving procedures;

  • Conclude rescue operations in line with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;

  • Safely use Surf Life Saving communications systems and radio equipment to support communications consistent with Surf Life Saving policies and procedures;

  • Apply fault-finding techniques and maintain Surf Life Saving radio equipment;

  • Respond to an emergency situation requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);

  • Perform a primary victim assessment including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED);

  • Accurately report and convey incident details to emergency response services while maintaining confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and Surf Life Saving policies.

    To commence training for the Surf Rescue Certificate you must:

  • Be a financial member of an SLS club;

  • Be at least 13 years of age on the final assessment date;

  • Complete an unaided swim of 200 m in 5 minutes or less (goggles and masks permitted) in a swimming pool of not less than 25 m, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to you undertaking any water training or assessment activities. Evidence of this must be provided to the assessor prior to commencement of the assessment for these units of competency/this SLSA award.

Advanced Resuscitation Certificate - ARTC

The Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ARTC) teaches the principles of airway management and oxygen aided resuscitation.

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