Annual Proficiency

Proficiency or skills maintenance

To patrol in 2017/2018 season, each member must successfully complete a skills maintenance session (proficiency assessment) covering both practical and theory, both wet and dry.

To successfully complete your proficiency, you must

- be a financial active member of Tamarama SLSC

- attend a confirmed proficiency date listed below (before 31 December 2017)

- perform the skills required by the assessor

- sign off your attendance record with the assessor



Please attend one of the listed dates below

Saturday 23 September 12 - 2pm

Saturday 30 September 12 - 2pm

Saturday 7 October 12 - 2pm

Saturday 14 October 12 - 2pm (sculptures is on... allow time for parking)

Saturday 21 October 12 - 2pm (sculptures is on... allow time for parking)

Saturday 28 October 12 - 2pm  (sculptures is on... allow time for parking)

Sunday 3 December 12 - 2pm

Sunday 10 December 12 - 2pm

Sunday 17 December 12 - 2pm

NOTE: You must attend a date before 31 December - come along early to avoid disappointment!


If I did my bronze last year, do I have to do this?

If you completed your bronze medallion last season (either in December 2016 or April 2017) you MUST complete your proficiency for this season. You will be the most recently qualified guru, so come along and show off your sweet skills!


If I cant make any of these 9 dates, what do I do?

It's important to us that you can patrol! So please, let us know by emailing and we'll make an alternative arrangement with you.


I'm nervous and need a refresher before I sit the skills maintenance test.

That's ok - we'd love to help! Each Wednesday at 6.00pm from 11 October there is a revision session open to all members to come along and refresh their skills. There will be trainers and other members there and we'll work on the things you want to revise to make sure you're ready. Feel free to ask any questions you may have!


I haven't done my proficiency for a few years, what do I need to do?

If a member remains non-proficient in any award for a period of 3 continuous years or more, then they are required to go through SLSNSW’s in-depth proficiency process. Further information on the process can be found at

Please email and we'll work with you to ensure this is smooth.

What does proficiency involve?

Your bronze proficiency is like a mini bronze. You will need to complete the following

- 4 signals

- radio demonstration

- resus (one person DRSABCD, two person, team resus with o2 and defib)

- a 200m Run Swim Run in under 8 minutes

- A board or tube rescue

The assessment will consist of both practical and theory testing all of the above. It is designed to bring you up to speed for the season so that you, and the public, feel confident and safe! 


Why do I have to do this?

Skills maintenance checks are necessary to:

- Ensure ongoing competency of members in their area of training and activities

- Maintain the standards of knowledge and expertise of surf life savers

- Satisfy legal and statutory requirements

- Reinforce and maintain our service commitment to the bathing and beach going community


What should I bring?

You must be wearing a patrol cap during the water activities.

Please also bring towels, swimmers, sun protection and warm clothes. 

It would be helpful if you could also bring your receipt for membership fees to help with admin.


Can I do it at another club?

It is best to do your proficiency at the club where you patrol the most. If you would like to complete your skills maintenance at a club where you do not patrol, Tamarama will need to apply on your behalf to that club. Please email with the date, time and club you would like to attend. 


I have other awards, what do I need to do for these?

Please let your assessor on the day know if you have your ARTC, as we will also test your skills in this area. 

If you have your IRB Crew or Drivers there will be a separate date emailed to you.

All other awards do not require an annual proficiency.