SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion Award Courses Updated
Surf Life Saving Australia is proud to launch the latest updates to key member educational resources – The Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion Awards.
These new resources are the result of an almost three-year project that included extensive membership-wide reviews of the curriculum, a newly written fit-for-purpose Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue (35th edition) Training Manual (PSAR35), and a full suite of training and assessment resources for the delivery of the re-designed course.
“When we started this review process…we started with a very simple question about how we can work better together to create great lifesavers and make the lives of our volunteers and members easier,” said SLSA Chair of Lifesaving, Chris Jacobson.
“The time, effort, energy and involvement in getting to this point has been significant and all those involved are really excited to finally be able to bring to life, these updated and important international standard educational resources.
“These changes will bring with them not only great outcomes for participants, but also a better informed membership, more confident trainers and assessors, greater collaboration between lifesaving and education teams and ultimately, safer Australian beaches.
“We are particularly excited to be able to deliver these resources online, this new blended learning approach effectively utilises technology to create user friendly, interactive and engaging learning opportunities.”
The new course delivery format has been designed to shift the focus from the traditional “face-to-face” learning to be more practical in developing skills, complemented by online learning sessions to cover the theory components. Skills and knowledge are cemented through scenario-based practical assessments.
“Throughout the 2019-20 season we sought feedback from pilot groups and the new delivery format was very well received,” said Jacobson.
“The updated resources have a focus on realistic scenarios for training and assessment to better prepare participants for their role as a lifesaver.”
The shift to online was largely thanks to Vocational Education and Training (VET) funding from the Federal Government. The new training manual is housed in the Publications App but SLSA have also developed new online learning components which are in the SLS eLearning platform; these can be accessed via the Members Area or via the Learning App.
An Assessing App has also been developed which provides a user-friendly, accurate and efficient way to mark assessments, with results automatically uploaded into SurfGuard. Once members have completed their assessment online, this will be populated in the Assessing App. There are also multiple How To videos which have been uploaded to the help area of the website. Members can also complete their online learning on the new Learning App.
The Publications App, the Learning App and the Assessing App are all available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play store.
Surf Life Saving’s Publications App was built by local Sydney company BRAINS, which has deep ties to the surf lifesaving community. BRAINS worked closely with the SLSA National Learning & Development team, to create the new digital platform for all of Surf Life Saving’s publications.
The app created by BRAINS uses state-of-the-art technology to be infinitely scalable and will be able to house all SLSA’s publications in the future. The app can be used offline and allows members to learn anywhere, anytime, in a convenient way. SLSA are also able to make regular updates to the app in house, so that the most current information reaches members as soon as possible.
The Publications App supports a range of learning styles, and features images, videos, audio and direct links. It also provides intuitive ways to bookmark and highlight, search and navigate to make learning and teaching easier.
Testimonials from Champions:
Ash Capps, Director of Education, Copacabana SLSC
“I found the course to be very well structured and easy to follow. The SRC participants thoroughly enjoyed the activities and course structure with one stating ‘this is the best course I’ve ever done’.”
George Fatseas, Chief Training Officer, Coogee SLSC
“The scenarios for the rescues were great, everyone had a job to do– it gave insight as to what was expected in scenarios and we have found more consistency across the training and assessment process now.”
Paul Dowdell, Chief Training Officer, Shelly Beach SLSC
“The scenario is a powerful training tool that consolidates and gives measured exposure. I really liked this, great change from how we previously did this. It’s a great course!”
Maryanne Sewell, Chief Training Officer, Byron Bay SLSC
“The new radio activities were really good; they were a very different approach to how we usually teach this. We found when the participants came into our sessions, they had much better understanding and learning experience when they arrived at the classroom.”