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Become a Bronte Lifesaver
Enrol now for the August 2018 Fast Track Bronze Medallion course
This is a 6 week fast track course,  at the heavily discounted rate of only $200 commencing Monday 20 th August 2018.  
That's 50% off our regular fee of $400 and includes full club membership for the lifesaving year September 2018 - August 2019.

Normally run over 9 weeks, this is a shortened course, with a maximum of 12 places specifically for people who are ready and committed to commence lifesaving patrols when the season opens on 29th September 2018.  

Training will be held on Monday evening 7-9pm, and Saturday 9-12noon each week.

As an Active Bronze Medallion holder you are required to commit to a regular monthly patrol team, with a set roster totalling approximately 36 hours per season. You will be given the option of a Saturday or Sunday AM or PM patrol timeslot.

If you are not able to meet this commitment please do not enrol in the course.

Course structure
You will learn CPR, basic first aid (dry skills) surf skills & surf rescue techniques (wet skills) applicable not only for Bronte Beach but for all beaches in Australia.

The course is divided into two parts:
Part A (dry skills) includes resuscitation, first aid, radio communications.
Part B (wet skills) includes beach/wave/rip familiarisation, surf swimming skills, rescue techniques (boards, tubes) spinal injury rescues, first aid, scenarios. 

The essentials include: 
 - Signals 
 - Radio 
 - First Aid 
 - Resuscitation 
 - Run-Swim-Run 
 - Rescues and Carry 
 - Patrol Skills

 - Basic Spinal Management 

If not doing so already, trainees are strongly encourage to commence course specific fitness training (run/swim/run) at least 6 weeks prior to course start date. 

Key dates for the August 2018 Course

  • 400m swim test: 3.15pm* Sunday 5th August 2018 at Bondi Icebergs Pool. You must meet this swim pre-requisite of 400 metres in under 8.45mins to participate in the training.
  • Course enrolment will close when full.
  • Theory start date: Monday 20th August 6.45pm
  • Theory/Dry Skills Training at Bronte Surf Club each Monday evening
  • Theory and Practical (wet skills) Training Saturday 9-12noon at Bronte Beach
  • Surf swimming training is available but not compulsory every Wednesday morning 6-7am at Bondi Beach
  • Mock assessment(mandatory attendance): Monday 17th September
  • Part A theory assessment: Monday 24th September
  • Part B practical assessment: 8am Saturday 29th September (allow approx. 3 hours)

    • Trainees are required to attend a minimum of 85% of scheduled training days and it is at the lead trainers’ discretion whether candidates are presented for assessment.

      Equipment required
      It is strongly recommended that you wear a wetsuit & sunscreen, for wet training days.
      You will be provided with a high visibility training cap & rash vest that must be worn at each wet session.
      Training manuals, aids & equipment will be provided. Bring water, pens, and a note pad if you wish.

    The Bronze Medallion is the minimum qualification required to become an Active Surf Life Saver and/or perform Water Safety for nipper activities. The Bronze Medallion is also the minimum qualification required to compete at any SLSA and ILS sanctioned events (15 years and over).



    Your place will only be confirmed on receipt of :  
    ALL paperwork 
    Course payment (see fees below) 
    Successful completion of the proficiency swim pre-requisite

    As soon as we receive the completed forms and payment you'll be allocated a spot (subject to completion of proficiency swim).

    Course Fee's
    $200 Special Offer for August 2018 course only
    $400 for all new members. $290 for nipper parents already financial with the club. 
    $190 for full time students (once ID is sighted). 

    For full details of the Bronte SLSC Refund Policy  please click here

    Any further questions please review the FAQ's below or contact Bronte Lifesaving Admin

    The next Bronze Medallion Course will be held in October 2018.
    To register your interest in the October course please complete the online form

    All payment, forms & sign up inquiries can be directed to email Kimberly Johns  Bronte Lifesaving Administrator or call 9389 6500.

    Q: I have not done my 400m swim. Can I still start the course?
    No. You must do a swim on one of the set dates where an accredited Bronte official can verify your swim time. The set day(s) for swims are listed above. The swim is 400m freestyle in under 8 minutes 45 seconds (8 laps of Bondi Icebergs pool).  Wetsuits are allowed if the water temperature is under 18c.  In that case there the maximum time allowed will be 8 minutes 30 seconds.             

    Q: I'm not sure I will make the 400m swim time. Should I pay the enrolment fee to secure my place?
    No. We have limited admin support in the office and have a $100 admin fee on all refunds. Please submit your paperwork with a note that you will attend the first scheduled swim session and make payment on successful completion.   

    Q: I can't attend the timed swim on the dates scheduled, can I drop in mid week or get a friend who is a member of the club to time me instead?
    No. All timed swims must be verified by an accredited club trainer.  All our trainers give their time on a voluntary basis and we ask that you respect their contribution by ensuring that you make yourself available for one of the dates scheduled.  

    Q:  I can’t attend all the sessions as I am away for work/holiday/funeral/dogs birthday etc...
    If you miss more than 2 sessions Bronte SLSC reserves the right to not put you up for assessment. Advise the Lead Trainer of your intended absence.

    Q: What if I’m not very competent on a board or swimming in the surf.
    If you pass the pre-requisite swim you should be able to learn from our trainers who will teach you how to negotiate the surf and use equipment in rescue scenarios. You do not need any pre-knowledge of board skills but a basic confidence in the surf is required.

    Q:  If I don’t like the training can I get a refund?
    Unfortunately we cannot provide a refund if you change your mind.  Please refer to our refund policy here

    Q:  I'm afraid of sharks and can’t swim in the sea – can I still do the course?
    No. You must be comfortable in the water, able to competently negotiate surf and get yourself out of trouble.

    Q:  I'm a Nipper parent and just want to do water safety for my child, do I need to do rostered patrols?
    While we strongly encourage all Bronze medallion holders to sign up to a rostered patrol we do allow our Nipper parents that provide water safety to be exempt from regular patrols.  HOWEVER those members must record at least 24 hours of WS and attend a minimum of 2 voluntary patrols throughout the season to remain eligible for Active membership with the club. 

    Q:  What other training does the club provide?  
    On successfully gaining your Bronze Medallion, members have the option to attain further nationally recognised awards to increase their skills and/or confidence. Including; Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew/Driver, Spinal Management.

    Q:  I don't want to be a lifesaver, c an I do the course just for fun ?  
    We are a volunteer member club, providing lifesaving services to the community. All our trainers give up their time on a voluntary basis.  On completion of training you are required as an Active Member to undertake regular beach patrols from September to April. Or, as a nipper parent you can elect a minimum commitment of regular weekly water safety for nippers as well as be rostered to 2 patrol dates within the season. Nipper parents are encouraged to attend patrols to maintain and develop their lifesaving skills.

    Rostered patrols occur approx once every 4 weeks on either a Saturday or Sunday and 1-2 public holidays totalling approx. 36hrs per season. You can request which day you prefer. If you are unable or unprepared to meet these minimum requirements please do not enrol in this course. 

    Note: Final training times are subject to confirmation by course trainers.