Silver Medallion | Aquatic Rescue

About Silver Medallion | Aquatic Rescue

The Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue provides participants with the skills and knowledge to participate in search and rescue operations.

Course learning outcomes:
  • Contribute to preparation activities for search and rescue operations
  • Recognise when a rescue response is required
  • Perform complex patient rescue, including search and rescue of a missing person
  • Demonstrate recovery and stand down procedures
  • Advanced water entry (rock and pier rescues) (where training location permits)
  • Retrieving submerged objects
  • On-land night search operation

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


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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Other Requirements

  • Complete a 400 m swim in 8 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25 m length
  • Hold and be proficient in the SLSA Bronze Medallion and hold the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue).
  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. You must be at least 16 years of age on the date of final assessment.

How do I make it happen?

The Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue Certificate is a specialist training program normally coordinated by your State Centre. Contact the Education Manager at your State Centre for further details.

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Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

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