EDUCATION FAQs


Q:
What is the difference between a Pool Bronze and a SLS Bronze Medallion?
A: The Pool Bronze is run by Royal Lifesaving Australia and is a two day course (14 contact hours) whereas the Bronze Medallion Course is over a 6 week period and amounts to approximately 40 contact hours. Whilst the names are similar the course content is quite different.

Q:
I am transferring from another SLS Club and already have my Bonze Medallion. Do I need to do the course again?
A: No, if you already have your SLS Bronze Medallion that you gained at a Surf Club in Australia and if it is still proficient (ie not expired) then you do not need to do the course again, you can transfer over to North Cott and sit the Skills Maintenance (Requal) in October-November of each year.

Q:
My Bronze expired less than 3 years ago. Do I need to do the course again?
A: No, if you have previously completed the SLS Bronze Medallion that you gained at a Surf Club in Australia and if it is has not lapsed for more than 3 years then you do not need to do the course again, you can transfer over to North Cott and sit the Skills Maintenance (Requal).

Q:
My Bronze expired more than 3 years ago. Do I need to do the course again?
A: Yes, if you let your SLS Bronze Medallion lapse for more than 3 years then SLSWA requires you to complete an “in-depth proficiency”. This means that you will need to attend Bronze Medallion Training to ensure that your skills are in line with the current techniques and standards. You will also need to complete the Online Theory and full Assessment with a Bronze Group being examined by an External Assessor.

Q:
I did my Bronze Medallion at a pool or through another organisation. Do I need to do the course again?
A: You will still need to complete the SLS Bronze Medallion. Unfortunately, Bronze Medallions from organisations other than SLSA affiliated Surf Life Saving Clubs do not fulfil surf life saving requirements.

Q:
I have a medical background and other qualifications. Do I still need to do the course?
A: Yes, you will still need to do the course. You can speak to the Head Trainer regarding your prior learning or qualifications to see if you can miss any of the sessions. However, as the Bronze Medallion Course is focused on team work you will benefit from attending sessions even if you have a medical background.

Q:
I have a Permanent and Limitating Disability and cannot complete the requirements of a Bronze Medallion. What can I do to be an Active Patrolling Member?
A: You may still be able to complete your Bronze Medallion. Contact the Bronze Coordinator to see if you can. If not, there are other opportunities and awards such as Radio Operators Certificate or Resuscitation Certificate which allows you to participate in Volunteer Patrols.