Gold Medallion Lifesaver

About Gold Medallion Lifesaver

A Gold Medallion Lifesaver has the advanced skills needed to rescue and provide emergency care – alone if necessary. In this role, you will be required to perform complex patient rescue and support.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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

Qualifications

The Gold Medallion provides participants with a benchmark of fitness and endurance that meets the minimum requirements for work in the professional lifeguard industry.  

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Prerequisites

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.

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The Pain Management Certificate provides participants with the skills and knowledge required by current members or employees of SLSA or its affiliated bodies to be permitted to carry and administer methoxyflurane as a basic pain management technique.

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The Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ARTC) teaches the principles of airway management and oxygen aided resuscitation.

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The First Aid course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to manage emergency first aid situations until professional medical support is available.

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The Silver Medallion Beach Management provides participants with the skills, knowledge and experience required to manage a lifesaving or lifeguarding team in emergency and non-emergency situations.

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Other Requirements

Capacity to swim 800m in 14 minutes.

How do I make it happen?

To become a Gold Medallion Lifesaver you will need to undertake the Gold Medallion assessment. These are normally organised by Clubs. Speak to your Club Training Officer to find out more. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Gold Medallion Lifesaver

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

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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:

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Discipline specific coaches work with athletes to support the development and performances in specific disciplines – i.e. Board, Ski, Swim, Multi, Board Riding, Rescue and Resuscitation, Inflatable Rescue Boat, Pool Rescue, Surf Rescue / Lifesaving, Surf Boats, Beach Events.

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