To develop the level of knowledge, judgement, technique and physical ability required to carry out safe water rescues
Lifesaving in its broadest context implies the saving of life through prevention of accidents, personal survival and rescue of others. The majority of drowning accidents occur inland in places such as rivers, dams and home swimming pools. Such places are rarely patrolled by qualified lifeguards.
It is important that all members of the community learn some lifesaving techniques. The thoughtful application of the knowledge and skill provided within this program will save lives, ensure the rescuer’s safety and prevent a possible double drowning.
This course involves theory and practical sessions. The following areas are assessed as part of the RLSSA Bronze Medallion award.
Safe water practices, survival in the water, self preservation, recognising an emergency, assessment before and during a rescue, priorities for rescue, acceptance of responsibility, use of bystanders, emergency care and contacting emergency services.
Resuscitation: Demonstrate effective Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
Practical Water Components:
Swim: Swim 400 metres, continuously within 13 minutes. 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m survival backstroke, 100m sidestroke.
Timed Tow: Swim 50 metres, then tow a patient 50m within 3 min 15 sec.
Survival and Rescue Skills: Demonstrate a range of survival techniques and appropriate rescues for a range of different aquatic environments and scenarios.
Spinal Injuries: Basic management of a suspected spinal injury in shallow water.
Rescue Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of two people who are in difficulty up to 15 metres from safety.
Minimum Age: Recommendation – Calendar year in which candidate turns 14
What to bring: Candidates should bring swimwear, towel, sunscreen, hat and a change of dry clothes. Candidates are also required to undertake a survival swim in trousers and a long sleeve shirt and bring a completed workbook to be handed to the trainer at the commencement of the course.
The Bronze Medallion is only valid for a 12 month period. If you proceed and obtain your Pool Lifeguard Licence, there is no need to renew your Bronze Medallion, however if you are using your Bronze Medallion as a vocational qualification, you will need to renew it every 12 months. Candidate requiring accreditation can attend the one day of Bronze Medallion training to be assessed and re-accredited.