New Courses for 2013/14
Online Introduction to Search and Rescue
This new online course is recommended for Patrol Captains and Vice Captains as part of their ongoing skills maintenance, but is available to any Bronze Medallion holder. The course has been developed to provide access to the theory content of the Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue course that is most relevant to the role of Patrol Captain.
Silver Medallion Communication Centre Operator
This season we are introducing a new award; the Silver Medallion Communications Centre Operator. The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills to work in an SLS Communications centre. This award replaces the Silver Medallion Radio Controller award and is aligned to the following nationally recognised units of competency:
• PUAECO001A Operate telephone systems
• PUAECO002A Process emergency incident calls and enquiries
• PUAECO003A Operate and control radio networks
Pool lifeguard bridging course
A trial is underway of the Pool Lifeguard Bridging Course. This course is designed to facilitate a career pathway into pool lifeguarding for surf lifesavers that already hold the following awards and associated units of competency:
• Bronze Medallion/Cert II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
• Apply (Senior) First Aid
• Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
• Spinal Management Certificate
The pool lifeguard bridging course is aligned to the following nationally recognised units of competency, which are a part of the SIS10 Pool Lifeguard Skill Set.
• SISCAQU202A Perform basic water rescues
• SISCAQU306A Supervise clients at an aquatic facility or environment
• SISCAQU307A Perform advanced water rescues
On successful completion of this half day course, participants will be issued with a SLSA Pool Lifeguard Bridging Course Certificate and the SIS10 Pool Lifeguard Skill set, enabling them to be employed at aquatic facilities as qualified Pool Lifeguards.
New Assessment Criteria for the Bronze Medallion/Cert II Assessment and proficiency
During the CPR section of a Bronze Medallion assessment or proficiency, CPR must now be demonstrated on an infant manikin AND an adult or child manikin. Previously demonstration on an infant manikin was not a compulsory task.
A number of courses were trialled during the 2012/13 season, and these have all now been endorsed for release by the Lifesaving Standing Committee. Updates have been made to the course resources based on Participants, Trainer, Assessor and Facilitator feedback.
• Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management
• Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue
• Radio Operator Certificate
• Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid
Overall feedback on these courses has been very good; in particular people have praised the practical, applied nature of the Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue and the revamped Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management.
The Advanced First Aid Manual and the training support materials to accompany it have also been updated. The Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid award includes the modules:
• Spinal management
• Pain management
• Advanced resuscitation techniques
• Advanced first aid
The new course resources for the Spinal, Pain and ARTC awards will be phased in over the 2013/14 season and replace the previous versions that are not linked to the Advanced First Aid manual.
Resuscitation certificate- a Learner Guide, Delivery and Assessment Guide and PowerPoint is now available for the Resuscitation Certificate. Previously these course materials were incorporated into the Apply (Senior) First Aid course resources but have now been separated, for clarity and ease of use.
Learner Guides for all courses will now be available via the new Members Portal in the Library section. Delivery and Assessment Guides are also available in the Members Portal Library in the Restricted Resources section of the SLSA Members area or from your State Centre.
For 2013/14 we are launching 3 new online course resources:
• Introduction to Search and Rescue
• Spinal Management
• Pain Management
The Introduction to Search and Rescue is a wholly online course. Upon completion a member’s Surfguard record will be updated to include the award.
The Spinal and Pain Management online components are theory learning and assessment courses designed to reduce the amount of face to face learning time required. They ensure that candidates have a basic level of knowledge and understanding before they attend their course. Upon completion candidates must complete some face to face learning, practical instruction and assessment tasks.
We are also commencing development of online Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate and online Bronze Medallion/Cert II.
National syllabus documents for SLSA awards can be found here.
A summary of all SLSA awards and their pre-requisites can be found here.
Member education resources including Learner Guides, PowerPoint presentations and review sheets can be found here.
Course delivery and assessment guides are in the Secure Resource Library, as they contain assessment papers and answers. Trainers and Assessors can obtain a password from their club or State centre to access these.
If you would like to provide feedback on our education resources or a training course that you have attended, please complete the online evaluation form.
As part of our ongoing aim to provide members with current and best practice in training and education, there have been some changes to awards and content.
ATV Operator Requirements
Changes to CPR following Australian Resuscitation Council Guideline Changes
Award Changes 2012/13 Circular
Management of Mild Hypothermia Circular
Management of Anaphylaxis Circular