About Gold Medallion

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

Key learning outcomes are to enable you to:
  • Select appropriate rescue equipment
  • Assess and manage the patient’s levels of distress
  • Support and return patients to shore
  • Perform a one-person drag technique and patient lay
Perform Surf Skill and Fitness Test;
  • Swim 800 metres in under 14 minuntes
  • Complete a 400 metre swim, 800 metre run, 400 metre board paddle and 800 metre run in 25 minutes
  • Complete tube rescue of patient 100 metres out at sea and return (flippers optional)
  • Complete board rescue of patient 200 metres out at sea and return
Work Autonomously
  • Plan and undertake work activities
  • Accept responsibilities
  • Set performance requirements
  • Maintain team performance

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

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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

  • Swim 800m in under 14 minutes in an open water course not more than 400 m in length (the course should be set around a single buoy so that candidates have to swim the same track but in different directions) or a swimming pool of no less than 25 m in length, unaided and in freestyle
  • Complete a mission test of a 400 m swim, 800 m run, 400 m board paddle, 800 m run in under 25 minutes
  • Complete a tube rescue of an unconscious patient 100 m out at sea (use of fins preferred)
  • Complete a board rescue of a novice swimmer 200 m out at sea
  • Perform a complex patient rescue, including selecting equipment, returning victim to shore and treating victim appropriately and completing post-operational requirements.
If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this award, or who have received one or more of the related units of competency, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer.

How do I make it happen?

Gold Medallion assessments are normally conducted by Clubs. Speak to your Club Training Officer to find out more. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Gold Medallion

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

The Australian Lifeguard Service provides qualified beach lifeguards to local government areas in locations around Australia.

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The role of the duty officer is to support patrol captains in ensuring the beach going public is exposed to minimal risk at our beaches. Duty officers may also be called on to assist in search and rescue incidents. 

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Responsible to the board of management/management committee for the management of the lifesaving activities of the club.

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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 are responsible for running activities for their group of nippers on the day, and encouraging children to learn and progress in their surf lifesaving activities.

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The Assessor Certificate provides participants with the skills, knowledge and experience to competently assess surf life saving awards and nationally recognised qualifications.

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Trainers provide members with the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to similar-minded and passionate members through a formal learning process. As a Trainer you will be able to conduct courses, both SLSA Awards and Nationally Recognised Units, if you currently hold the relevant award in which you wish to train.

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Coaches work with surf sport athletes across all of the disciplines of Surf Life Saving competition.

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