Bronze Medallion


Bronze Medallion (PUA21012 Certificate II in Public Safety – Aquatic Rescue)


Overview (Learning Outcomes):

The aim of the Bronze Medallion course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. Candidates must be a minimum of 15 years old on the date of final assessment. This is the core award to be a surf lifesaver in Australia.

The following summerises the core content of the course;

  • Safety & Wellbeing
  • Surf Awareness and Skills
  • The Human Body
  • Resuscitation
  • Defibrillation and Basic Oxygen
  • First Aid
  • Radio Communications
  • Communication
  • Rescue Techniques
  • Carries & Supports
  • Patrols


Course Duration:

  • Spring & Summer Squads = approx. 8-9 weeks (depending on capability)
  • Fast Track Squads = approx. 3-4 weeks (depending on capability)


Course Details:

Spring & Summer Squads:

Start: Date TBC

  • 2 x Sessions per week –
  • Dry: Thursday – Start: 19:00 – Finish: 20:30 @ Club hall
  • Wet: Saturday – Start: 9:30 – Finish: 11:30 @ beach & water (conditions permitting)


Fast Track Squad:

Start: Mid Oct – 3-4 Weeks duration

  • 4 x Sessions per week –
  • Dry: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – Start: 18:00 – Finish: 19:30 @ Club Hall
  • Wet: Sunday mornings – Start: 9:00 – Finish: 11:00 @ Beach & Water (conditions permitting)


Time Commitment:

8-10 hours per week



  • Candidates must be 15 years old (on the date of the final assessment) 
  • Candidates must complete the following requirement
  • Swim 400 meters in 9 minutes (or less) in swimming pool no less than 25 metres, (or over a measured open water course on flat water)
  • This requirement must be fulfilled prior to commencing any training


Training Resources:

Learner Guides & Manuals:

  • Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Manual (33rd Edition)
  • Bronze Medallion Learning and Assessment Guide (Ver 2.6)
  • First Aid Training Manual (2nd Edition)
  • 33rd edition Review Questions (Ver 1.2)


Unit(s) of Competency:

The Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) contains the following units of competency:

  • PUACOM001C – Communicate in the workplace
  • PUAEME001B – Provide emergency care
  • PUAOHS001C – Follow defined OH&S policies & procedures
  • PUAOPE002B – Operate communications systems and equipment
  • PUASAR009B – Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
  • PUASAR012B – Apply surf awareness and self rescue skills
  • PUATEA001B – Work in a team
  • PUATEA004C – Work effectively in a public safety organisation
  • HLTCPR211B – Perform CPR




  • Oxyviva
  • Defib (AED)
  • Signal Flags
  • First Aid Kit
  • Radio
  • Resuscitation Manikin (Adult/Infant)


  • Rescue Tubes
  • Rescue Boards
  • Spinal Board



  • Membership Form
  • Training enrolment form
  • Induction form
  • Working with Children form (Photo ID – 100 Points)
  • Participant evaluation form
  • RPL application form (upon request)



Candidates will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace. They will be required to complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this course, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you wish to partake in RPL and further guidance is required, please contact the clubs’ Chief Training Officer by email:



For this award to remain current candidates must perform an annual proficiency check. It is recommended that this annual proficiency check be completed by 31st December of each year