About 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.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:


There are no specific qualifications


There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

  • Be able to swim 400m in under 9 minutes in a pool of at least 25m in length.

How do I make it happen?

Bronze Medallion training courses are normally run by Clubs. Please contact your Club Training Officer for further information. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Bronze Medallion

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

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Safely and effectively crew a Jet Rescue Boat in surf rescue operations.

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The Patrol Captain is the principle leader of their patrol’s lifesaving functions on the beach.  At the operational level, the major function of the Patrol Captain is to ensure effective beach management and rescue capabilities are established and maintained during their rostered watch.

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What other options might suit me?

If you can do this role but would like to use your skills in another area in our organisation here are some other options for you to consider:

Age managers work with nippers between the ages of 6 and 13, to develop their surf lifesaving and sport skills, by providing fun, safe and organised nipper activities.

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The role of the social committee is to actively engage and attract surf lifesaving club members to a series of social events held throughout the year. Designed to promote the building of long-lasting relationships and amazing memories, the social committee's role is to use creativity and passion to ensure a social element is maintained within the surf club’s culture.

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There are a wide range of opportunities available for members interested in participating in Surf Life Saving sport.

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Team Managers assist competitors, coaches and support staff, by effectively managing the administrative and operational needs of a surf team. Team Managers work with junior, youth senior and masters teams, at all levels of surf sport competition (i.e. club, branch, state, national and international).

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