Skill Maintenance – Proficiencies

SLSA have developed an ‘Assessing App’ that will now make our Skill Maintenance more efficient and accurate, as well as reducing an enormous amount of data required to be entered manually. We wanted to make sure this new technology was stable enough for us as a Club to embrace and that we could actually realise the benefit.

What does this mean:

  • We are moving to an Electronic way to record proficiencies – no more pink proficiency cards need to be filled out
  • Once you have completed a proficiency session at the Club, your award will be marked as proficient and updated into Surfguard the same day
  • It will provide a more accurate means of tracking who is and isn’t proficient for Patrolling purposes
  • It will save days and hours of collecting the pink forms, working out who did their dry and wet proficiencies, matching them up and then having to manually update SurfGuard. Less chance of making mistakes. Excellent news for your Clubs Chief Training Officer and Club Captain!

Skills Maintenance is a requirement of our patrolling members to complete each year, who hold the minimum of either their Bronze Medallion or Surf Rescue Certificate. We have restructured our Skills Maintenance sessions this year as we want to refresh and maintain our member’s knowledge and skills and ensure that you are confident as lifesavers. It is a requirement that you complete your Skills Maintenance by December 31st 2019 to continue patrolling.

If you hold the following awards you must complete a Skills Maintenance session:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Surf Rescue Certificate
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ART)
  • IRB Driver & Crew
  • Spinal Management

NB If you obtained any of the above awards prior to the 31st June 2019 you must complete the corresponding Skills Maintenance session 

So what has changed and how will Skills Maintenance run?

  • You will need to register for a Skills Maintenance session via the members portal – eLearning
  • You are required to complete an online Skills Maintenance module prior to your practical Skills Maintenance session (accessed via members portal – eLearning) it will take approximately 5 -10 minutes
  • The Skills Maintenance will be station based with rotation through 7 stations covering run-swim-run, signals, radios, CPR, Multi Person CPR, First Aid updates and board/tube rescue
  • You must enrol in one of the 5 scheduled dates between October and December and there is a maximum of 50 people per Bronze session. No further sessions will be
  • We have attempted to make this a little less time consuming for everyone. You will notice that on certain dates, you will be able to do your IRB Drivers, ARTC & Bronze Skills maintenance on the same day.

Registering for the Skills Maintenance session:

Warriewood is offering 5 Bronze Medallion Skills Maintenance sessions as well as sessions for ARTC and Spinal Management. In all of the Bronze sessions, the ARTC and Bronze proficiencies have been combined.  If you hold the ARTC award, please ensure you enrol in the ARTC session and not the Bronze session  ie.  no need to register for Bronze if you are doing ARTC.   If you hold IRB Driver, IRB Crew or Spinal Awards, you will have to enrol in each of these Skills Maintenance sessions separately.

You must enrol for one of the sessions via the members’ portal. There are step-by-step instructions on how to enrol in the links below. There is also a link with the dates and times for the Skills Maintenance sessions.

Link to access the members’ portal:

Completing the online Skills Maintenance module:

This year there is a requirement to complete the online Skills Maintenance component prior to attending a skill maintenance session. This can be accessed and completed via the members’ portal eLearning. Step-by-step instructions on how to access and complete are attached. Please keep an electronic copy of your completed certificate for viewing on the day of your Skills Maintenance session. This takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and should be done so when registering for the Skills Maintenance session. You may have already received an email from SLSA regarding this.

Skills Maintenance session layout:

The Skills Maintenance sessions will be station-based, where you will rotate through 7 stations. The session will take approximately 2 hours. You will either spend the first half (1 hr) of the session doing the dry-based stations or the wet-based stations, and then you will swap over. There will be a maximum of 50 members attending each session. Please note that all Skills Maintenance sessions will be at Warriewood SLSC. Please meet at the club room 10 minutes prior to the start of your session.

What to bring to the Skills Maintenance session?

  • Your electronic copy of your completed online Skills Maintenance for viewing
  • Goggles, swimmers, towel, warm clothes


What Happens During a Skill Maintenance Session ?

WET Assessment

1. Run Swim Run (timed)

Bronze  – 200m Run / 200m Swim / 200m Run unaided in 8 minutes or less. Aquatic course must be around two swimming buoys.

SRC – 100m Run / 100m Swim / 100m Run unaided in 5 minutes or less. Aquatic course must be around two swimming buoys

2. Rescue (1 of either Board or Tube)

Demonstrate a rescue, using either a rescue tube or a rescue board. The rescue must include the following:

  • Negotiating the surf zone
  • Securing the patient
  • Returning to shore with the patient
  • Calling for assistance

3. Scenario

Board or Tube rescue with spinal carry

  • Conscious patient becomes unconscious
  • Demonstrate CPR/Defib/Radio

4. Signals – review

  • Must get 10 out of 10 signal correct

Dry Assessment – will be conducted in the members area.

Resuscitation (CPR) with oxygen and defibrillation 

1. A patient assessment on a live patient and demonstration of lateral position

2. DRSABCD, CPR 1 person (adult or child AND infant) on a manikin – to include resuscitation methods using a mask

3. Team CPR including DRSABCD, use of resuscitation mask with oxygen supplement and AED  ( Note: Point 3 Not included in SRC Proficiency_

4. Signals – Demonstration

5. Radio a practical demonstration is also necessary of a scenario involving equipment (without transmitting) including at least three of the following situations for each member: – Pre operation checks

  • Knowledge of local operating channels and uses
  • Interpatrol communications
  • Sign on/sign off
  • Rescue procedures and requests for assistance

6. First aid

  • updates/changes
  • review (in particular relevant to our beach)