Skills Maintenance

Skills Maintenance - Bronze Medallion

A member’s proficiency is valid until 31 December the season after proficiency is gained.  The cut-off point is the 30th of June.  For example, if a member gains proficiency in September 2017, it is valid until 31 December 2018.  If a member gained proficiency in February 2017 it is only valid until 31 December 2017.  If a member gains proficiency on 15 July 2017 it is valid until 31 December 2018.

1. Run Swim Run (timed):

200m Run / 200m Swim / 200m Run unaided in 8 minutes or less.


2. Resuscitation (CPR) with oxygen and defibrillation.

  • Theory is online however a practical demonstration is also necessary

  • A patient assessment on a live patient and demonstration of lateral position

  • DRSABCD, CPR 1 person (adult or child AND infant) on a manikin – to include resuscitation methods using a mask

  • Team CPR including DRSABCD, use of resuscitation mask with oxygen supplement and AED


3. Signals

Demonstrate the following 4 signals correctly as determined by the authorised person conducting the skills maintenance check:

  • Assistance required

  • Return to shore

  • Proceed further out to sea

  • Pick up patient to the left or right



4. Rescue (1 of either Board or Tube)

Demonstrate a rescue, using either a rescue tube or a rescue board, according to SLSA operating procedures in the current Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual. The rescue must include the following:

  • Negotiating the surf zone
  • Securing the patient
  • Returning to shore with the patient
  • Calling for assistance


The member may choose the rescue equipment and should use swim fins during the tube rescue if available.


5. Radio

Theory is online however a practical demonstration is also necessary of a scenario involving equipment (without transmitting) including at least three of the following situations must be conducted for each candidate.

  • Pre-operation checks
  • Knowledge of local operating channels and uses
  • Interpatrol communications
  • Sign on/sign off
  • Rescue procedures and requests for assistance


Please check our calendar or social media platforms for more information.

Alternatively please contact our Education Coordinator.


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SKILLS MAINTENANCE – SURF RESCUE CERTIFICATE (SRC)

A member’s proficiency is valid until 31 December the season after proficiency is gained.  The cut-off point is the 30th of June.  For example, if a member gains proficiency in September 2017, it is valid until 31 December 2018.  If a member gained proficiency in February 2017 it is only valid until 31 December 2017.  If a member gains proficiency on 15 July 2017 it is valid until 31 December 2018.


1. Run Swim Run (timed):

100m Run / 100m Swim / 100m Run unaided in 5 minutes or less.


2. Resuscitation (CPR):

Theory is online however a practical demonstration is also necessary
A patient assessment on a live patient and demonstration of lateral position
DRSABCD, CPR 1 and 2 person (adult or child AND infant) on a manikin – to include resuscitation methods using a mask.


3. Signals

Demonstrate the following 4 signals correctly as determined by the authorised person conducting the skills maintenance check:
  • Assistance required
  • Return to shore
  • Proceed further out to sea
  • Pick up patient to the left or right

4. Rescue (1 of either Board or Tube)

Demonstrate a rescue, using either a rescue tube or a rescue board, according to SLSA operating procedures in the current Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual. The rescue must include the following:
  • Negotiating the surf zone
  • Securing the patient
  • Returning to shore with the patient
  • Calling for assistance

The member may choose the rescue equipment and should use swim fins during the tube rescue if available.

Please check our calendar or social media platforms for more information.

Alternatively please contact our Education Coordinator.

SKILLS MAINTENANCE – IRB CREW CERTIFICATE

A member’s proficiency is valid until 31 December the season after proficiency is gained.  The cut-off point is the 30th of June.  For example, if a member gains proficiency in September 2017, it is valid until 31 December 2018.  If a member gained proficiency in February 2017 it is only valid until 31 December 2017.  If a member gains proficiency on 15 July 2017 it is valid until 31 December 2018.

Skills maintenance in this award may be assessed by an authorised delegate. Logged hours should be included in an assessment of skills maintenance.


1. Questions on safety and the SLSA Powercraft Code of Conduct


2. Demonstrate effective and safe crewing practice and ability including:

  • Parallel running
  • Figures eight
  • Response to signals
  • Negotiation of surf as required
  • Demonstrate patient rescue
  • Demonstrate ability to carry out a patient lift, exit, carry and lay.

Please check our calendar or social media platforms for more information.

Alternatively please contact our Education Coordinator.