The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic 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.

PUA20119 – Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)


  • PUASAR012 Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills
  • PUACOM001 Communicate in the workplace
  • PUAWHS001 Follow defined work health and safety policies and procedures
  • PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
  • PUASAR013 Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
  • HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
  • PUATEA004 Work effectively in a public safety organisation
  • PUATEA001 Work in a team

Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • be at least 15 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • complete an unaided swim, with an overarm stroke (goggles/masks permitted) of 400 metres in nine (9) minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres. This will be observed prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities. Pool swim can be observed by a qualified Training Officer Bronze Medallion, Assessor Bronze Medallion or ASCTA/AUSTSWIM Swim Coach (or the like). Evidence of the pool swim (and the qualification of the person observing the pool swim if outside of SLSQ) must be provided to the Trainer on the appropriate form/s prior to commencement of any water training activities for this qualification. The pool swim forms can be found here.


  • 35th Edition Revised Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual (or equivalent)
  • SLSQ Delivery and Assessment Guide for SRC and Bronze Medallion v1 April 2022
  • Bronze Medallion Course Overview
  • SLSQ Bronze Medallion (BM) Assessment Portfolio V3.0 April 2022
    (DON’T use Bronze Medallion (BM) Assessment Portfolio V2.1 July 2022 OR
    Assessment Portfolio for transition from Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) to Bronze Medallion (BM) V2.1 July 2022)
  • Bronze Medallion Learners Guide v2.1 July 2022
  • SRC and BM PowerPoint V1 May 2020
  • SLSQ Bronze Medallion (BM) Theory Questions (Paper based) April 2022 (if no using online learning)
  • Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Techniques Video Clips and Signals Chart
  • SLSQ SRC and BM Practical Assessment Summary Sheets (with Assessment instructions) Dec 2020
  • SLSQ BM Assessment 12.1.4 Aquatic Risk Assessment Example Marking Guide Dec 2020
  • Other resources may include Course Guides

Clubs and Chief Training Officers have access to all the necessary resources via the SLSA Members Area – Library. Please ensure that you are using the SLSQ resources by filtering the Organisation to Surf Life Saving QLD

Please refer to the Training Course Report for all paperwork requirements and location of documents – SLSQ Bronze Medallion Training Course Report


  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • Contribute to the management of work health and safety (WHS)
  • Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control
  • Surf Awareness and Skills
  • Describe surfing and environmental conditions and hazards
  • Recognise appropriate beach types, conditions and areas in the surf zone for bathing:
  • Demonstrate surf skills
  • The Human Body
  • Resuscitation
  • Defibrillation and basic oxygen techniques
  • First Aid
  • Communication
  • Radio Operations
  • Rescue Techniques
  • Carries and Support
  • Beach Management


  • Training Officer Bronze Medallion; OR
  • Facilitator Bronze Medallion (currently endorsed as per state requirements)


  • Assessor Bronze Medallion; OR
  • Facilitator Bronze Medallion (currently endorsed as per state requirements)


  • Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace.
  • Assessments must be completed in a similar environment to where patrol activities will be undertaken. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.
  • Also includes Learning Theory and Assessment Theory questions (these can be completed online (preferred) or via hard copy).


  • For this award (Bronze Medallion) to remain current, candidates must perform an annual skills maintenance activity at a Queensland Club between 1 July and 31 December of each year.
  • Please note that if you gain your award after 1 July then you are not required to attend a proficiency until the following year.
  • Members should contact their club and/or Branch for proficiency dates in their region.
  • Please note that it is recommended that Queensland members do not attend a proficiency outside of the state. Those that do, will require written pre-approval from their Branch Director of Lifesaving. Upon returning to Queensland, members will be required to complete any additional Queensland requirements before patrolling in Queensland.

Members can complete both of their learning and assessment theory sections in conjunction with the practical training via the SLSA Members Area:

    Members need to ensure they have a SLSA Members Area account
  • Select “eLearning” on the sub menu; and
  • Ensure your State is set to “QLD” and then select “Login into E-Learning”.
  • Select “Training Library” from the menu on the left;
  • From the Course Categories, under SLS – Aquatic Rescue, select “View Courses”

Under Bronze Medallion, select “Enrol”:

Go to “My Training” and find the course allocated:

Select “View” to view and complete all modules:

Now the online Learning modules and online Theory Assessment modules are ready to be completed.

  • SLS as a Workplace
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Radio Communications
  • Radio Protocols
  • Water Safety Signals
  • Rip Currents
  • Surf Awareness
  • Identifying Victims
  • Primary Assessment
  • CPR
  • Deciding to Rescue
  • On Patrol
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Bronze Medallion Theory Assessments
    The online learning modules will compliment the face to face training you will receive from your Trainer.
    As you complete each of the online learning (BM Theory) modules, you will receive badges and medals Once you have completed the course you will download a Certificate of Completion.
    You MUST print this and take with you and hand to your Trainer.

Your Certificate of Completion will look like this:

    Your club/trainer should provide you with an Assessment Portfolio – this will include the following items
    Refer to Training Course Report for all requirements and versions – Click Here
  • Candidate details (including your signature)
  • Induction Checklist (to be signed by the trainer)
  • Incident Report Form (your trainer will give you a scenario and you must complete the form)
  • Assessment Tasks 2-12 (these will be completed by your trainer and/or assessor throughout the course and on assessment day)
  • Risk Assessment Form (Assessment Task 13)


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