Training Courses

Branch Facilitated Courses
Club members need to register their interest to attend Branch Facilitated Courses with their own Club Chief Training Officer or Club Administration.

Any further queries, please do not hesitate in contacting Matthew Theris, Director of Education on education@slsillawarra.com.au or phone (02) 4228 3884.
Course dates are included in the Branch Education Calendar within the website.

Complete the Course Publication Request if you would like to advertise your course on the SLSI website/Event Calendar.

Surf Rescue Certificate
 The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. This course is the minimum water safety qualification for Junior Activity supervision.
Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:
  • be at least 13 years of age on the date of assessment
  • have completed a 200 metre swim in five (5) minutes or less, unaided (goggles/mask permitted), in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities, evidence of which must be provided to the Assessor on the timed swim form prior to commencement of the assessment for this qualification.
 Assessment conditions:
 This award is assessed within the Illawarra Branch in a central venue environment . Candidates should be assessed by at least 1 Assessor from another club.
For more detailed information on this award, download a copy of the Surf Rescue Course Syllabus (SRC). SRC Assessor Sign-off
Radio Operators Certificate
The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to operate communications systems and equipment in surf lifesaving operations.
The following nationally recognised units of competency are issued upon completion of this award:
  • PUAOPE013A – Operate communications systems and equipment

Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • Candidates must be at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment.
Assessment conditions:
This award can be assessed by Bronze Medallion Assessors who have not been involved in training the candidates.
For more detailed information on this award, download a copy of the Radio Operators Course Syllabus.
Bronze Medallion
The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. This is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia.
The following nationally recognised units of competency are issued upon completion of this award:
  • PUA21012 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue):
  • PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace
  • HLTFA201B Provide basic emergency life support
  • PUASAR013A Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
  • PUATEA001B Work in a team
  • PUATEA004D Work effectively in a public safety organisation
  • PUAOHS001C Follow defined occupational health & safety policies & procedures
  • PUAOPE013A Operate communications systems and equipment
  • PUASAR012C Apply surf awareness and self rescue skills
 Candidates may also be issued the following unit:
  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation [CPR]
 Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:
  •  be at least 15 years of age on the date/s of  assessment
  • complete an unaided swim (goggles/masks permitted) of 400 metre swim in nine (9) minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities, evidence of which must be provided to the Assessor on the appropriate form prior to commencement of the assessment for this qualification
Assessment conditions:
This award is assessed within the Illawarra Branch in a central venue environment. Candidates should be assessed by Assessors from another club.
For more detailed information on this award, download a copy of the Bronze Medallion Course Syllabus.Bronze Assessor Sign-off
Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and application of oxygen, airway management devices, and automated external defibrillators during resuscitation, and to administer oxygen to conscious and unconscious breathing casualties.

The following nationally recognised units of competency are issued upon completion of this award:

  • HLTAID007 Provide advanced resuscitation

In addition, the award may also be aligned to the following optional units of competency:

  • PUAEME003C Administer oxygen in an emergency situation
  • PUAOPE010C Operate an automated external defibrillator in an emergency situation

Assessment conditions:

This award is assessed within the Illawarra Branch in a central venue environment. Candidates should be assessed by Assessors from another club.

For more detailed information on this award, download a copy of the Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate Course Syllabus (ARTC)

Spinal Management Certificate

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to manage injured casualties with suspected spinal injuries in an aquatic environment and in emergency situations.

The following nationally recognised units of competency are issued upon completion of this award:
  • PUAEME004A Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury
 Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:
  • Be at least 15 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • Be proficient in one of the following awards:
    • Apply (Senior) First Aid
    • Bronze Medallion
  • Hold one of the following units of competency:
    • HLTFA201A or B or HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support OR
    • HLTFA301B or C or HLTFA311A Apply first aid
For more detailed information on this award, download a copy of the Spinal Management Course Syllabus.
Silver Medallion Beach Management
The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience required to manage a beach and a team in emergency and non-emergency situations. The course is aimed at people wishing to be Patrol Captains, Lifeguards and Lifeguard Supervisors.
 
The following nationally recognised units of competency are issued upon completion of this award:
  • PUATEA002B Work autonomously
  • PUAOPE027A Undertake beach safety management activities
  • BSBFLM312C Contribute to team effectiveness
  • These units form a part of the nationally recognised qualification PUA31312 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue).
 Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:
  •  have a minimum of 20 patrol hours logged on SurfGuard
  • be at least 17 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • hold the Bronze Medallion award and the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • be proficient in ONE of the following:
    • Bronze Medallion
    • Radio Operator Certificate
    • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
    • Apply (Senior) First Aid
    • Spinal Management Certificate
For more detailed information on this award, download a copy of the Silver Medallion – Basic Beach Management Course Syllabus.
Silver Medallion Rescue Water Craft

The aim of this course is to provide participants with advanced skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage a Rescue Water Craft (RWC) in lifesaving operations. Successful candidates are required to commit to regular patrol duties as a part of the Illawarra Support Operations RWC team.

One training course is held during winter each year. Members wishing to participate are required to apply in writing by completing a course-specific application form. Course openings are advertised via the Branch newsletter.

 Gold Medallion
Assessor Certificate
The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience to competently assess surf lifesaving awards and nationally recognised qualifications.
The following nationally recognised units of competency are issued upon completion of this award:
  • TAEASS401B Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402B Assess competence
  • TAEASS403B Participate in assessment validation
Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions prior to being assessed:
  • Be at least 18 years of age on the date of final assessment.
  • Hold the SLSA award that will be assessed
The Illawarra Branch prefers that Assessors are first endorsed as Training Officers in the award they wish to assess.
Note: Before you can assess an award, you must be endorsed as an assessor in that award by your state.
Public Education
For further information contact Surf Life Saving NSW on (02) 9471 8000