About Spinal Management

The Spinal Management Certificate addresses the need to identify and manage victims with suspected spinal cord injuries in the aquatic environment.

In this course you will learn the causes of spinal injuries, the signs and symptoms of spinal injuries, and how to manage a patient with a suspected spinal injury.

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

You must be proficient in one of the following SLSA awards to commence training:

  • Bronze Medallion OR
  • First Aid
You must also hold one of the following units of competency to commence training
  • HLTFA211A or HLTAID002
  • Provide basic emergency life support OR - HLTAID003
  • Provide first aid
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?

Spinal Management courses are normally organised at the club level. Speak to your local club to find out more. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Spinal Management

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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