Program Briefs

Bronze Medallion
The BM is an award that trains you to become a lifesaver on the beach, and is the stepping stone to other skills and awards within the lifesaving movement. You’ll learn to read and negotiate the surf effectively and safely, patrol as a member of a team, provide CPR, basic first aid, administer oxygen therapy and use Surf Life Saving Australia’s rescue equipment. To achieve the BM, you will need to complete a timed swim beforehand, attend our course where you will practice practical components and work through a workbook, then finally complete a written and practical assessment. This award is reassessed annually at Skills Maintenance sessions (requal). Fairhaven run the BM during our pre-Christmas Lifesaving Camp as well as during the post-Christmas summer period, the dates for which are on our calendar.

Surf Rescue Certificate
Like the BM, the SRC is an award that acts as a gateway to the lifesaving movement. It provides the core skills of the BM required to act in a patrol team environment and to contribute to rescue and first aid events. To achieve the SRC, you will need to complete a timed swim beforehand, attend our course where you will practice practical components and work through a workbook, then finally complete a written and practical assessment. This award is reassessed annually at Skills Maintenance sessions (requal), unless you achieve the Bronze medallion which replaces and supersedes the SRC. Fairhaven will run one SRC over the post-Christmas period, the details of which can be found on our calendar.

Inflatable Rescue Boat – IRB Crew Certificate & Silver Medallion IRB Driver
The IRB is one of our most effective pieces of rescue equipment, requiring skill and dexterity to fully exploit its capabilities. The IRB Crew and Driver provide the knowledge and skills to do so safely and these awards form a crucial component in lifesaving operations and water safety. To undertake the courses you must hold a current Bronze Medallion and be at least sixteen years old on the day of assessment for Crew, and seventeen for Driver. To achieve the IRB awards, you will need to attend our course where you will practice practical components and work through a workbook, then finally complete a written and practical assessment. This award is reassessed annually at Skills Maintenance sessions (requal). Fairhaven run IRB camps where we offer both IRB awards and these typically run outside of the main season when we have the resources and personnel available to give candidates the time in the boat required to gain the essential skills.

Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management
The beach is a dynamic and challenging workplace, and the skills to manage it effectively are frequently needed in Lifesaving’s team-based responsibility model. We look to our BBM holders to rise to this challenge and lead the patrol. The course runs for between four and six hours and is based around a series of small group discussions and the completion of a workbook. The BBM is now integrated into Lifesaving Victoria’s Advanced Lifesaving Camp alongside the Gold Medallion, however Fairhaven can also still run the BBM for those interested, so please don’t hesitate to enquire with our Training and Assessment team.


ADVANCED AWARDS

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
In serious medical emergencies, we look to our Advanced Resuscitation Techniques award holders to take the lead in managing patients. This award gives you skills in; the assessment of patients, the use of the Bag and Mask ventilator system, Asthma Management, Airway Suctioning and use of a Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator. The course builds upon resuscitation and oxygen skills learnt in the Bronze medallion. This award is reassessed annually at Skills Maintenance sessions (requal).

Spinal Management
The outcome for people with Spinal Injuries is directly affected by the treatment and stabilisation they receive immediately after their injury. The SMC provides skills to initially manage spinal injuries with manual spinal stabilisation techniques. This a leadership award within the patrol and requires holders to be effective communicators in guiding a team. This award is reassessed annually at Skills Maintenance sessions (requal).

First Aid
First Aid is a program that equips you to manage common occupational medical problems. It covers a broad range of issues and is a nationally recognised First Aid award. This award can be completed by anyone and does not require candidates to hold the BM. This award expires every 3 years and candidates must complete the course in entirety upon expiration of their award to ensure that all First Aiders are up to date with the most recent practices.


TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT AWARDS

Training Officer’s Certificate
Training Officers are the backbone of the Training stream, and in many ways the Lifesaving movement as a whole. The TOC will provide you with the skills and background to train small groups effectively, and forms part of a nationally recognised qualification, the Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. To participate, you must simply hold a SLSA award, participate in a course and complete both a workbook and be supervised in delivering training to candidates. Fairhaven will look to run a TOC course in conjunction with other clubs around the time of our pre-Christmas Lifesaving Camp in December.

Assessors Competencies
Assessors are the people who maintain Lifesaving’s quality and standards in service provision. They are key members of the movement and leaders in Training and Assessment. The AC will provide you with the skills and background to assess effectively, and forms part of a nationally recognised qualification, the Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. To participate, you must simply hold a SLSA award, participate in a course and complete both a workbook and be supervised in assessing candidates. Fairhaven will look to run an Assessor’s course in conjunction with other clubs around the time of our pre-Christmas Lifesaving Camp in December.