Bronze Medallion

Become a lifesaver at Tamarama

Attaining a lifesaving award will enable you to become part of one of Surf Lifesaving Australia’s Foundation Clubs, and being part of Tamarama’s iconic lifesaving heritage.

The Bronze Medallion (Certificate II in Aquatic Safety) or the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) are the qualifications you need to wear the famous Red & Yellow uniform and patrol the beach to keep Tamarama safe.

Tamarama SLSC will be running two courses during the 2017/2018 season, with the first commencing 7 October 2017
Pre-requisites for the Bronze Medallion.

The course will be run over 8-10 consecutive Saturday mornings.

  •     Aged 15+ on the date of the assessment
  •     Be able to complete a 400m swim in the pool in under 9 minutes.
  •     Be available to patrol Tamarama Beach




Information evening:  Wednesday 27 Sept 6.30pm Tamarama SLSC

Timed swim:              Wednesday 4 October 6.30pm Prince Alfred Park Pool

Optional weekly swim training:  Mondays from 9 October, 6.30pm Cook & Philip Swimming Pool

Optional weekly revision:  Wednesdays from 11 October, 6pm Tamarama SLSC


Each Saturday training session will start at Tamarama SLSC, on the following schedule

Week 1

Saturday 7 Oct

8:00 to 1:00

Week 2

Saturday 14 Oct

8:00 to 1:00

Week 3

Saturday 21 Oct

8:00 to 1:00

Week 4

Saturday 28 Oct

8:00am to 4pm includes Radio Operators Certificate


Sunday 29 Oct

8:00 to 4pm First Aid Course (city based) (optional)

Week 5

Saturday 4 Nov

8:00 to 1:00

Week 6

Saturday 11 Nov

8:00 to 1:00

Week 7 

Saturday 18 Nov

8:00 to 1:00


Sunday 19 Nov

8:00 to 4:00 Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Course (optional)

Week 8

Saturday 25 Nov

8:00 to 1:00


Sunday 26 Nov

8:00 to 1:00 final revision


Wednesday 29

18:30 to 21:00 - Mock Part A Theory Assessment


Saturday 2 Dec

8:00 to 12:30 - Mock Part B Practical Assessment


Wednesday 6 Dec

18:30 to 21:00 - Final Part A Theory Assessment


Saturday 9 Dec

8:00 to 12:30 - Final Part B Practical Assessment


There is a minimum attendance requirement, and missing more than one session will put you at risk of falling behind. Much of the assessment is team based and therefore if you’re not up to standard, you’d be putting the success of your colleagues at risk. Where a candidate has missed more than one week’s training, the Chief Instructor and Deputy Chief Instructor will make a case by case determination whether that candidate can complete the remainder of the course.

We will teach the skills, techniques and theory knowledge, but you will also need to revise and read the course manual. Expect to spend an hour or so reading the course manual between classes to revise. We will hold a couple of optional revision sessions nearer the assessment dates.

Tamarama has a very dedicated volunteer education team who give up a lot of their free time to train the courses, and we have a 100% pass rate. We’re confident that you will also pass if you apply yourself to the course.

What you will learn

  •     Surf skills and awareness
  •     Surf rescue skills
  •     Emergency first aid and resuscitation
  •     How to create a safer beach environment for our community 


  •     improve your general fitness
  •     improve your surf swimming and board paddling
  •     become a valued part of a friendly and supportive team
  •     once qualified: use club equipment: racing boards, surf skis, surf boats, gym
  •     once qualified: group training for surf swimming, rowing, surf skis.  
  •     once qualified: compete in surf club carnivals.

Essential requirements

  • The Bronze Medallion course is not a light undertaking and requires commitment, however we know you will find it rewarding and enjoyable.
  • The course requires you to spend some of your own time during the week reading and revising the course materials, and working on your swimming and general fitness throughout.
  • We cover a lot of classroom and practical material during the course and experience tells us you cannot miss more than one class or you will fall behind and risk not being able to sit the assessment. Before signing up, have a think about your ability to actively participate in the entire course

Ongoing Patrol Commitment

On successful completion of the course you will be allocated to a patrol and be on duty at the beach for one weekend morning or afternoon (4-5 hours) approximately every three weeks. The more members we have the lighter the patrol requirements will be. As a small club with limited training resources we prefer to train those who want to become part of our surf club and help patrol the beach for many seasons to come.


The following fees include all training and materials for the Bronze Medallion or SRC course, patrol uniform, keys to the club.

Includes 2 Years of Membership Fees and uniform.

Course Cost
Bronze Medallion Course $420
Bronze Medallion Course (concession*) $250
Bronze Medallion Course (15-18 years old) $250
Surf Rescue Certificate (13 – 15 years old) $250

* Full time student, pensioner or unemployed, please bring proof of concession with you. Parents or Guardians of Children who are Cadet Members or enrolled in Tamarama SLSC Nippers may access this concession rate.


Week 7 

Saturday 18 Nov

8:00 to 1:00