With 49,000 volunteer patrolling members keeping our beaches safe nationwide, Surf Life Saving Australia has a responsibility to ensure each and every one of them is equipped with the most up to date training and qualifications. That’s why every year, all of our qualified lifesavers undergo a process called Skills Maintenance.
This guarantees that their lifesaving skills are in sync with current scientific research and literature in drowning prevention, first aid and beach management. It also ensures they are fit enough for active patrolling duties.
Skills maintenance activities are managed at a club level, so members have the flexibility to run the program according to their specific needs. At a club level our Director of Education with the assistance of our Director of Life Saving organises times & dates for our skills maintenance training, with over 150 members requiring this annual training.
A Bronze Medallion qualified lifesaver has to demonstrate, at least annually, that they can:
Perform resuscitation on people of all ages
Run, swim, then run again a specified distance within a maximum period of time
Conduct a board or a tube rescue in the surf zone
Communicate using a range of internationally recognised SLS hand signals and radio terminology and technology
Members that hold additional qualifications such as Advanced Resuscitation, First Aid, Spinal Management, Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew or Driver, need to also show they meet the skills maintenance requirements of these qualifications too. It’s a huge undertaking to ensure that every year our lifesavers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and fitness to patrol Australia’s beaches.
It requires a coordinated effort from our trainers, assessors, administrators, water safety personnel and active patrolling members to ensure that we can continue to work towards our vision of zero preventable deaths in Australian waters. Bulli has a proud record of ‘No lives lost in 106 years of our members patrolling Bulli Beach’
BULLI SLSC 2019 Skills Maintenance Sessions have been set down for the following times:
Session # 1 - Sunday 29 September 2019 @ 10.00am
Session # 2 - Sunday 13 October 2019 @ 11.00am
Session # 3 - Sunday 3 November 2019 @ 11.00am
Session # 4 - Sunday 22 December 2019 @ 9.00am