Bronze Medallion

All surf life­savers in West­ern Aus­tralia com­plete their train­ing through their local surf life­sav­ing club for the Surf Life Sav­ing Aus­tralia Bronze Medal­lion. The SLSA Bronze Medal­lion is a mem­ber­ship require­ment for all Active Mem­bers 15 years and over.

The Bronze Medal­lion course con­sists of a pro­gram of the­ory (knowl­edge) and prac­ti­cal (skills) ses­sions, typ­i­cally involv­ing a week­day evening for the­ory and two ses­sions on each week­end day.

The assess­ment phase includes a pre­lim­i­nary assess­ment where the knowl­edge and skills of can­di­dates are assessed to con­firm their readi­ness for final assess­ment. Mul­laloo SLSC will not present can­di­dates who are not ready to suc­cess­fully com­plete the final assess­ment – this is con­firmed by the high suc­cess rate and level of per­for­mance, of our mem­bers at final assess­ment. Final assess­ment may occur at Mul­laloo, or at another club and usu­ally includes can­di­dates from other clubs.

There are two deliv­ery modes offered by Mul­laloo SLSC for mem­bers under­tak­ing their Bronze Medal­lion:

  • Stan­dard course – approx­i­mately eight (8) weeks, depend­ing on rate of devel­op­ment and acqui­si­tion of the required level of knowl­edge and skills
  • Youth course – ten (10) days dur­ing the Jan­u­ary school hol­i­days (approx­i­mately 40 con­tact hours). This course is aimed at mem­bers 15 years to 17 years of age. It is an inten­sive course and 100% atten­dance and com­mit­ment to per­sonal study is expected.

The Bronze Medal­lion is aligned to the Cer­tifi­cate II in Pub­lic Safety (Aquatic Res­cue) qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Mem­bers can gain this qual­i­fi­ca­tion through Recog­ni­tion of Prior Learn­ing process. Con­tact the Mul­laloo SLSC RPL Coor­di­na­tor for more infor­ma­tion on apply­ing for RPL.

Course prerequisites

  • Finan­cial mem­ber of Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club
  • Min­i­mum 15 years of age (on the day of final assess­ment)
  • Com­plete a 400m flat water swim in less than nine (9) min­utes (signed off by an autho­rised club per­son)


The final assess­ment for the Bronze Medal­lion requires can­di­dates to demon­strate the fol­low­ing:

  • 200m Run – 200m Swim – 200 Run in less than 8 min­utes
  • Effec­tive radio oper­a­tions
  • Basic first aid skills
  • 10 sig­nals
  • Safe and effec­tive lifts and car­ries
  • Safe and effi­cient board and tube res­cues
  • Effec­tive spinal man­age­ment
  • Effec­tive resus­ci­ta­tion and defib­ril­la­tion


Once you have gained your SLS Bronze Medal­lion you will need to sit an annual pro­fi­ciency of the award to demon­strate that you are patrol ready and have been updated on any changes. Please see the Skill Main­te­nance Check sec­tion for more details and watch for Club notices about ‘PROFICIENCY’ dates.


Course Syl­labus, Assess­ment Guide­li­nes and Course Resources can also be found at the Surf Life Sav­ing WA web­site.

Online learning

  • The SLSWA Online Learn­ing Sys­tem can be located here

Course dates

  • Refer to Mem­ber Courses for upcom­ing dates
  • This course is typ­i­cally con­ducted from August to March

Course registration

Need more infor­ma­tion or would like to reg­is­ter your inter­est in this course, then please con­tact the Club office.