Skills Maintenance 2021-22

Important Notes:

  • The Online Component must be completed in full before doing your Practical Component.
  • The  online components will be required for SLSA awards this season
    • Surf Rescue Certificate
    • Bronze Medallion
    • ARTC
    • IRB Crew and Driver
  • If you are an IRB Driver or Crew,  both your Online & Run Swim Run components of the Bronze Medallion skills maintenance must be completed before doing your IRB Proficiency
  • ARTC – you must have at least completed your Bronze Online Component before doing your ARTC Proficiency

Dates

Proficiency dates this year have been allocated by Patrol.  Please note, that ARTC award holders will need to arrive 1 hour prior to the Bronze Proficiency session. Dates can also been found on the website under Proficiencies in the calendar section.

Online Component

Members are required to complete the annual skills maintenance online component. There are 2 online skills maintenance courses that need to be completed.

    • Skills Maintenance Theory 2021/22 which has 2 components.
    • Skills Maintenance 2021/22 Radio Operations

Please logon to the members portal sls.com.au and head the the elearning section where you may need to enrol in both courses. To enrol,  head to the ‘Training Library’ Tab where both course can be found under Skills Maintenance and then complete them in the ‘My Training’ section of the elearning platform. It may take you straight to the course automatically when you enrol !

If a member is unable to complete this component online, they should speak with their club training officer. The  online components will be required for SLSA awards this season

Practical component

The information below outlines the practical requirements of each SLSA award for skills maintenance.

Aquatic Rescue Awards Pathway

Bronze Medallion (BM) and Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

1. CPR

Requires each patrol member to perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on a manikin. The AED must also be used during the CPR cycle.

1. Run-Swim-Run (timed)

  • SRC—Unaided: 100 m Run-100 m Swim-100 m Run in 5 minutes or less *
  • BM—Unaided: 200 m Run-200 m Swim-200 m Run in 8 minutes or less *Note * The run distance to be taken from waist deep water, e.g., the run is from a flag, around a marker and to waist deep water, the aquatic components are from waist deep water around two swimming buoys and back to waist deep water

• Reasonable adjustment may be made for surf conditions on the day.

2. Board or Tube Rescue

Either:

Please note,  that due to Covid restrictions,  there will not be a requirement for a patient pickup/rescue. It will simply be a paddle out on a  board or swim out with a tube.

  1. Demonstrate a rescue using a rescue tube (and swim fins if available); or
  2. Demonstrate a solo paddle on a rescue board out beyond the break (at least 100m from shore) and return – distance to be taken from waist deep water.

The demonstration must include the following:

  • Adherence to SLSA operating procedures in the current SLSA Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue training manual
  • Negotiating the surf zone
  • Securing the victim, signalling for assistance and returning to shore (for tube rescue)