The Bronze Medallion

“The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of 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 Cairns Surf Lifesaving Club runs Bronze Medallion courses throughout the year

In order to obtain the Bronze Medallion you must be a financial member of the club, be 15 years of age or older and be able to swim 400m in a pool in under 9 minutes.

The Bronze Course takes between 6 to 8 weeks to complete and includes the ability to swim in both the pool and the surf, knowledge of rescue techniques, first aid, resuscitation, radios and general life saving methodology.

Once the course is completed, members are placed onto a patrol roster and are asked to perform voluntary patrols for the Club. New members will be asked to sign a declaration of commitment to the club, stating they will fulfil their obligation of 25 – 30 patrol hours over the season.

It is a SLSA/SLSQ requirement that club members complete the minimum patrol hours to be eligible to compete at surf life saving carnivals and Branch Championships.

Once a member has obtained their Bronze they must complete an annual skills maintenance (proficiency) exam each season to continue their patrol and competition activities.

The course is free to members of the Cairns Surf Lifesaving Club