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Bronze Medallion

Registrations are now open for the February 2018 Bronze course.   _____________________________________________________

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).  Bronte SLSC supports and encourages members interested in competing.

In this course you will be learning 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.

Course structure:
The course is divided into two parts (A&B);
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

Bronte SLSC schedules two Bronze Medallion courses per year.  We are committed to provide quality training with appropriate trainer to trainee ratio's therefore we limit each course to 24 trainees.  

If not doing so already, trainees are strongly encouraged to commence course specific fitness training (run/swim/run) at least 6 weeks before the first day of the course.

Our February 2018 Bronze Course will commence on Monday 5th February 2018. 

Key dates for the February 2018 Course:

•    Course enrollment and payment open Friday 5th January 2018 
•    400m swim test: 5.30pm (time is approx and will be confirmed closer to date) on Sunday 21st  & Saturday 27th January  (you must attend 1 date) 
     Meet at Bondi ICEBERGS Pool deck at 5.15pm for 5.30pm swim timing.   You must swim freestyle 400metres in under 8mins 45seconds.
      You only need to attend one of the two scheduled dates. Pool entry is $6.50

Training Dates Weeknight
(dry skills)  7-9.30pm
(wet skills)  
(wet skills)   
Week 1 Monday    5-Feb   9-Feb 10-Feb
Week 2 Monday  12-Feb 16-Feb 17-Feb
Week 3 Monday  19-Feb 23-Feb 24-Feb
Week 4 Monday  26-Feb   2-Mar   3-Mar
Week 5 Monday    5-Mar
Tuesday   6-Mar
  9-Mar 10-Mar
Week 6 Monday  12-Mar:                 
16-Mar 17-Mar
  Tuesday 13-Mar    
Week 7 Monday  19-Mar:                
Final Revision
Part A Assessment   6.30pm Tues 20th March at Bronte Surf Club  
Part B Assessment  8am Saturday 24th March at Bondi Beach  

  • Theory Training commences Monday 5th February at Bronte Surf Club and runs every MONDAY evening  7pm – 9.30pm
  • Water / Wet Training at Bronte Beach is scheduled for one weekday morning (Friday)  6-7am and Saturday afternoons 3pm-4.30pm.  You can choose to attend one or both of the wet sessions each week. 
  • Surf swim training is available but not compulsory every Wednesday morning 6-7am at Bondi Beach.  As the assessment takes place at Bondi Beach candidates are strongly encouraged to attend these session. 
  • Mock assessment (mandatory attendance): 6.30pm Monday 12th March
  • Part A Dry assessment:  6.30pm Tuesday 20th March at Bronte Surf Club 
  • Part B Wet assessment: 8am Saturday 24th March at Bondi Beach
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.

On successful 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 ensure maintenance of lifesaving skills.
Rostered patrols occur approx once every 4 weeks on either a Saturday or Sunday and 1-2 public holidays totaling approx 30hrs per season. You can request which day you prefer.   If you are unable or unprepared to meet these minimum requirements please reconsider your involvement in this course.

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.
 Current cost for the course and how to enrol is detailed below
Your place will only be confirmed on receipt of :
  1. ALL paperwork
  2. Course payment (see fees below)
  3. Successful completion of the proficiency swim pre-requisite
To enrol complete the following steps:

Application Forms & Paperwork:

1) Apply for Membership via  The Surf Life Saving Membership Portal  and follow the instructions to make your payment (see course Fee's below) your membership request and payment confirmation will be sent to the club and will show as "pending" until signed off by club administration - this can take up to a week.

2) Complete a  Training enrolment Form  (indicate either "Patroller" or "Water Safety" in the course details field)

3) Complete a Member Protection Declaration form and
 provide a copy of the relevant ID. 

4) email the enrolment Form, Member Protection Declaration, and a copy of your ID to Bronte Lifesaving Admin  use "Feb 2018 Bronze Course Enrollment" as the subject line.
    - OR - post to PO Box 33, Waverley NSW 2024
    - OR - drop into the surf club office open 9.30am - 2.30pm Tuesday to Friday 

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

5) Proficiency swim

You are required to complete a compulsory proficiency swim at Bondi Icebergs Pool supervised by a Surf Club official.  
Please note wetsuits are NOT allowed for the proficiency swim.

400m / 8 laps in less than 8mins 45 seconds

Proficiency swim's will be held on the following dates at Bondi Icebergs  meet 5.15pm for 5.30pm swim: 
Dates:  Sunday 21st January & Saturday 27th January

Course Fee's
$400 for all new members. $290 for nipper parents already financial with the club. 
$190 for full time students (once ID is sighted). 
You must submit all membership and enrollment forms, complete the proficiency swim and make payment to Bronte S.L.S.C. prior to commencement of the course.
For full details of the Bronte SLSC Refund Policy  please click here

Course Days:
Week 1: Training Commences Monday 5th February (please arrive at 6.30pm for the first night only to receive your club access tag and course equipment)
Weekday evenings 7pm -9.30pm: Theory/ Dry Skills at Bronte Surf Club auditorium.
Friday & Saturday Practical/Wet sessions per schedule. 
Note: Final training times are subject to confirmation by course trainers.  

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.   

Patrol hours:  On successful completion of the course, members will be allocated to a patrol team with rostered dates for the season.  It is acknowledged that you will be commencing patrols mid way through the season (following course completion) so your achievement of minimum 32 patrol hours (as required for ongoing proficiency) will be pro-rata'd for your first season

Q: I have not done my 400m swim. Can I still start the course?
A: No. You must do a swim on one of the two set dates where an accredited Bronte official can witness your swim time. The set day(s) for swims are listed above. The swim is 400m in under 8 minutes 45 seconds (8 laps of Bondi Icebergs pool).  No wetsuits allowed.

Q: I'm not sure I will make the 400m swim time. Should I pay the enrolment fee to secure my place?
A: 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 either of the dates scheduled, can I drop in mid week or get a friend who is a member of the club to time me instead?
A: No. All timed swims must be witnessed 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...
A:  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 time does training commence?
Monday nights – 7-9.30pm (Theory/Dry Skills)
Friday morning 6am-7am (Wet skills) 
Saturday afternoon (Wet skills) 3-4.30pm 

Q: What if I’m not very competent on a board or swimming in the surf.
A: 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?
A:  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?
A:  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?
A:  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.  

Any further questions please contact Bronte Lifesaving Admin

The following Bronze Course will be held in October 2018.  
To register your interest in the October course email using 2018 October Bronze Course as your subject line.


All payment, forms & sign up inquiries can be directed to the Bronte S.L.S.C. office:  or call 9389 6500.

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