Bronze Medallion (Surf)
• A candidate must
• Be a minimum of 15 years old on the date of examination.
• Have completed a 400 metre swim in nine minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres or over a measured open water course before any training starts in the surf and/or deep water.
The Bronze Medallion is a challenging award, which provides surf lifesavers with the knowledge and skills to be able to participate in beach patrols or supervise groups of people in the open water environment. This is the minimum qualification for those who wish to supervise groups swimming at the beach (Tasmanian Outdoor Education Guidelines).The practical and theoretical sections of the award are designed to test a person’s competency in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, radio operations, emergency care plus anatomy and physiology. A candidates physical fitness is tested by a 400m pool swim to be completed in under nine minutes; a 200m run- 200m swim- 200m run completed in under eight minutes; simulated rescues using a rescue board and tube; as well as life support and defibrillator use; and communications (radio & signals). All these skills combine to train candidates to be an effective member of a patrol team tasked with providing a safe beach and aquatic environment
For more information about the Silver Medallion and other Qualifications visit Surf Life Saving Tasmania’s site at: http://www.slst.asn.au/index.php/surf-lifesaving-life-saving-coastal-safety-nippers/qualifications