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Avoca Beach SLSC is always on the lookout for new members. Here is some informationon how to become a life saver at Avoca:

The Bronze Medallion is the core award for surf life savers, and is a Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue). This award includes 9 vocationally recognised units of competency about teamwork, surf safety, aquatic rescue, communication, and resuscitation and emergency life support.

Pre-requisites to do the course are:

  • Be a member of the Surf Club

  • Be 15 years of age on the date of assessment

  • Swim 400m in 9 minutes or less.


Over an 8 week course, we will train you to be the first responder in an emergency all whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification (Certificate II in Public Safety – aquatic rescue). The course spans:

  • Surf awareness – How to read and negotiate the surf

  • Beach awareness – Learning about the beach and how to read a new beach

  • Basic first aid – Bandaging, treating bone, joint, muscular & common beach injuries and how to treat stingers.

  • Patient Management – How to approach someone you are concerned about and how to proceed with treatment

  • Advanced First Aid – Resuscitation and managing an unconscious patient

  • Basic Spinal management – Stabilisation of spinal injuries

  • Communication – With Radios and non- verbal communication

  • Assisted oxygen – How to administer and when

  • Defibrillator – When to use and how

  • Rescues – Board, Tube and non-equipment

  • Fitness – Running, swimming and paddling in the surf

  • Patrol operations – How to be an active member of the patrol and club



All active patrolling members and competitors must complete an annual skills maintenance for the following awards currently held:

  • Bronze Medallion (BM) / Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ARTC) and Spinal Management

  • IRB Driver and Crew


All active patrolling members must be proficient by the 31st  December each year.

Being proficient is important in ensuring all members have the most up to date skills and knowledge in the award(s) they hold. It is imperative that they are completed by the above date, both for patrol members and competitors.


Proficiency and skills


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Upcoming Courses


Bronze Medallion & Surf Rescue Certificate

The new Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate courses have started but it is not too late to join in.

Age: Must be 15 years old for Bronze Medallion.

When: 7am Sunday mornings before Nippers until the end of February, and 3 Wednesday nights 6:30 to 8:30 - 7th, 14th, 21st February

Where: Avoca Beach Surf Club - Training Room - Top Level


IRB Crew & Driver Course

The next phase of our IRB program is about to commence, and we will be running 2 Induction sessions (you only need to attend one) this week.

I realise it is a busy time of year if you cannot make either session please email

When: 6:30pm Wednesday 24th January Induction - Session 1

            7am Saturday 27th January Induction - Session 2


Prereq IRB Crew: Hold a Bronze Medallion and be 15 years old at assessment.

Prereq IRB Driver: Hold a IRB Crew Certificate and be 17 years old at assessment (can train at 16)


Three versions will be running to provide flexibility – time frames will be provided at the induction.

Course Type 1 - Longest: Do compulsory Introduction and theory sessions and do IRB practical hours on patrol with expert driver.

Course Type 2 – Normal: Do compulsory Introduction and theory sessions and do IRB practical Saturday or Sunday mornings 7am depending on demand with a trainer.

Course Type 3 - Quickest: Do compulsory Introduction and theory sessions BUT already hold a current boat license.
(Will discuss practical at induction)

First Aid Course

The next Branch run First Aid course will be run on the 30th March.

Provide First Aid – HLTAID 009, 010, 011


* Need to be a patrolling a member

* Must also be 14 years of age on the date of the course


Expressions of interest close on the 10th March. Places are limited.


Please email Kristy - so an Enrollment Jot Form can be completed and submitted to branch.

If you have not quite finished a course previously, feel free to come on down so we can help you finish.


To register your interest or to request more information please contact: 

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