Skills Maintenance (Proficiencies)

For all members undertaking their SRC, Bronze Medallion, ARTC, Spinal Management &/or Radio Operators proficiencies – please click on the link below to view available sessions and secure your booking.

IRB Proficiency information will be available shortly.

DYSLSC Proficiency Sessions for 2017/18 – Online Booking Form

DYSLSC Proficiency Information (Revision A)

Note that you must be financial for the 2017/18 season to do your proficiency. The membership renewals page contains information about renewing your membership online via the SLS members portal.

Questions?

Sam Serisier (Proficiency Coordinator)
Email: dybronze@gmail.com
Mobile: 0400 350 485

All club members who hold Surf Life Saving Australia awards must undergo annual skills maintenance (formally know as proficiency). These checks are necessary to:

  • Ensure ongoing competency of members in their area of training and activities
  • Maintain the standards of knowledge and expertise of surf life savers
  • Satisfy legal and statutory requirements
  • Reinforce and maintain our service commitment to the bathing and beach going community

A member’s proficiency is valid until the 31 December each year unless stated otherwise in Surfguard (e.g. Apply (Senior) First Aid has a three year proficiency requirement).

Members who are not proficient as at 31 December are not permitted to patrol, or compete in any SLSA competition, until they have obtained the required proficiency.

A detailed description of the Skills Maintenance requirements for each Award is found in the following document:

SLSA Pre-Season Info Pack (2017/18)

Skills Maintenance Requirements

Surf Rescue Certificate

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.

Bronze Medallion

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

Gold Medallion (Advanced Lifesaving)

A member must be proficient in ALL of the following awards:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
  • Apply First Aid
  • Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management

If any of these award proficiencies lapse during the season, even after successful completion of the Gold Medallion, then the member will become non-proficient in the Gold Medallion.

1. Pool Swim

The member must complete an 800 metre swim in 14 minutes or less in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres. The pool swim must be completed before any other component of a Gold Medallion proficiency.

2. Mission Test

  • The distance will be 400m swim, 800m run, 400m board paddle, and 800m run
  • The time will be 25 minutes or less
  • The run distance to be taken from waist deep water, e.g. the run is from a flag, around a marker and to waist deep water, the aquatic components are from waist deep water around two swimming buoys and back to waist deep water
  • Aquatic course must be around two swimming buoys

2. Rescue

  • Demonstrate a board and tube rescue according to SLSA operating procedures in the current Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual.
  • Tube Rescue: Complete a tube rescue of a patient 100 metres out to sea and return. Member should use swim fins during this rescue
  • Board Rescue: Complete a board rescue of a patient 200 metres out to sea and return.

3. Complex Rescue Scenario (may include one of the rescues above)

Demonstrate a complex rescue scenario as set by the delegated Assessor according to the SLSA operational procedures in the current Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual. The rescue must assess the following events:

  • Negotiating the surf zone
  • Securing the patient/s
  • Returning to shore without losing the patient/s
  • Calling for assistance
  • Performing emergency care as required by the patient/s

Resuscitation Certificate

Award holders must successfully complete a skills maintenance check, showing their competence in the following.

  • 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.
  • Award holders will still need to demonstrate resuscitation skills practically as well completing the online course.

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ARTC)

There is a new training tool available online for members who want to refresh their knowledge of advanced resuscitation techniques. This is not a requirement of skills maintenance. Members accessing this tool will still have to complete all skills maintenance requirements as listed here.

1. Resuscitation

  • 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.

2. Oxy Viva Operation

Use of air bag resuscitator on conscious/unconscious patient(s) during resuscitation scenario

3. Oropharyngeal Airways

  • Correct measurement and insertion of an Oropharyngeal Airway (on a manikin where possible).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of when and why an airway is introduced into resuscitation.

4. Suction

  • The use of hand held suction apparatus for the removal of fluids from the mouth.

Remember: If a member has already completed a skills maintenance that required Resuscitation to be assessed i.e. Bronze Medallion, they are considered to be proficient in that section of this award. Members still need to be assessed as competent in sections 2-4 to be deemed proficient in ARTC.

Spinal Management Certificate

1. Demonstrate placing a patient on a spinal board in an aquatic environment and on land.
2. Application of cervical collar on a patient

Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid

The skills maintenance requirement for this award is every three years; however, a member must maintain proficiency annually in the prerequisite awards of Pain Management, Spinal Management and ARTC to remain current in Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid. Every three years the Advanced First Aid component of the course will need to be completed again in full.

IRB Crew Certificate

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.

Silver Medallion IRB Driver

1. Questions on safety and the SLSA Powercraft Code of Conduct.
2. Demonstrate the ability to apply safe driving practice including but not limited to:

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

ATV Awards

It is no longer a national requirement to undertake an annual ATV proficiency. Instead a members driving license must be checked each year for currency.

A member who loses their driver’s license (whether through cancellation or suspension) must not be driving the ATV.

Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management

Proficiency is required in the prerequisites for this award to remain current.

SLSA recommend that all current Patrol Captain’s undertake the online course ‘Introduction to Search and Rescue’ as part of their skills maintenance. This short online course has been developed to provide access to the theory content of the Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue, and is most relevant to Patrol Captains. It is available in the SLSA eLearning platform.

Radio Operators Certificate

For those who hold the stand alone Radio Operators Certificate (i.e. who do not have their BM), 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

For those who use this award as part of their operation within a SurfCom, additional assessment may be included at a local level.

Training Officer

Be currently endorsed as per State/Territory requirements. Endorsement is dependent on the Trainer remaining current in the award/s they are training AND current in training and assessment.

Assessor

Be currently endorsed as per State/Territory requirements. Endorsement is dependent on the Assessor remaining current in the award/s they are assessing AND current in training and assessment.

Facilitator

Be currently endorsed as per State/Territory requirements. Endorsement is dependent on the Facilitator remaining current in the award/s they are Facilitating AND current in training and assessment.

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