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Become a Bronte Lifesaver
Spring 2019 Bronze Medallion course

Training Timetable
The next Bronze Medallion course will commence in August 2019
There are a maximum of 12 places on each course.Trainees must select one course and attend all the scheduled training sessions for that course only.You cannot swap between training session days or times.

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.

Course Timetable
  • The course will commence in August 2019 and dates will be set in May 201
400m swim proficiency
You must attend one of two set dates for the proficiency, and meet the swim pre-requisite of 400 metres freestyle (8 laps of Bondi Icebergs / 14 laps of Bronte pool) in under 8.45 minutes to participate in the training. Wetsuits are only permissible in water temp under 18c.

  • Dates will be set in May 2019
Please time yourself prior to attending the proficiency to confirm you can capably meet the swim requirement of 400 metres freestyle in under 8.45 minutes.

Course Fee
The course fee includes all training materials, equipment and  full club membership with unlimited access to weekly board paddling and swim skills sessions for the lifesaving year September 2018 - August 2019.
New Member: $400
Existing General Member: $290
Full time students and new members under 30 years old $190 (ID must be provided)

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

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 have the option of a Saturday or Sunday AM or PM patrol timeslot.
nipper parents are required to join a set patrol team for their first full season as Bronze Medallion holder, they can also provide water safety at nippers every Sunday morning.  On completion of one full season as a lifesaver they may request to stand down from patrol and provide Water Safety for nippers plus two voluntary patrols per season. 
All Bronze Medallion members are expected to provide water safety each year at the annual Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim (incorporating the Junior Ocean Swim) on the first Sunday in December. 

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 

Key information for the February 2019 Courses
Course enrollment will close when full.

  • Theory/Dry Skills Training weeknights at Bronte Surf Club 
  • Theory and Practical (wet skills) Saturday AM (course #1) or PM (course #2) at Bronte Beach 
  • Surf swim training is strongly encouraged but not compulsory Wednesday's 6am-7am at Bondi Beach
  • Mock assessment(mandatory attendance) refer course timetable
  • Part A theory assessment (mandatory) refer course timetable
  • Part B practical assessment (mandatory): 8am Saturday 30th March (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 a water bottle, 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).

    Download the Application Instructions & Forms

    Bronze Application Instructions Bronze Application Instructions (316 KB)

    Commitment to Patrol Declaration Commitment to Patrol Declaration (237 KB)

    Member Protection Declaration Member Protection Declaration (177 KB)

    Training Enrolment Form Training Enrolment Form (278 KB)

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

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

    Any further questions please review the FAQ's below or contact Kimberly Johns

    The next Bronze Medallion Course will be held in August 2019.

    All payment, forms & sign up inquiries can be directed via email to Kimberly Johns.

    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 or 14 laps of Bronte 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 the required skills 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.   Once you've completed the course we have a comprehensive training program of Board, swim and Pilates each week available to members.   Board and swim sessions are free of charge, Pilates has a small fee payable on the day. 

    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 , provide water safety at the annual Bondi to Bronte ocean swim (2nd December 2018) and attend a minimum of 1 pre-rostered patrol 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, can 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.