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Bronze Medallion

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.

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 Spring Bronze Course will commence in October 2016

Key dates for the October 2016 course:
•    Course enrollment and payment open Monday 5th September 2016

•    400m swim test:  will be held on the following dates meet at Bondi ICEBERGS Pool deck at 3pm for 3.15pm swim timing.  Pool entry is $6.50
        Saturday 1st October 3pm

•    Theory start date:  6.30pm Tuesday 4th October 2016

•    Theory Training  at Bronte Surf Club One night per week (SEE SCHEDULE BELOW)  7pm – 9.30pm
•    The first wet session is held at Coogee Beach on Saturday afternoon and attendance is compulsory  
•    Water / Wet Training at Bronte Beach will be confirmed on the first night of the course but is generally scheduled for one weekday morning 6-7am and one weekend afternoon.
     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
•    Mock assessment (mandatory attendance): 6.30pm Tuesday 15th November 
•    Part A Dry assessment:  6.30pm  Wednesday 30th November
•    Part B Wet assessment: 9am Saturday 3rd December at Bondi Beach

Week  Session  Date Day  Session Content
1  1 4-Oct Tuesday Course commencement Dry Skills 
   2 8-Oct Saturday Wet Skills Session at Coogee Beach
2  3 11-Oct Tuesday  Dry Skills 
   4 15-Oct Saturday Wet Skills
3  5 18-Oct Tuesday  Dry Skills 
   6 22-Oct Saturday Wet Skills
4  7 25-Oct Tuesday  Dry Skills 
   8 29-Oct Saturday  Wet Skills 
5  9 2-Nov Wednesday Dry Skills
   10 5-Nov Saturday  Wet Skills
6  11 8-Nov Tuesday Dry Skills
   12 12-Nov Saturday Wet Skills 
7  13 15-Nov Tuesday Dry Skills
   14 19-Nov Saturday Wet Skills
8  15 22-Nov Tuesday Mandatory Part A Mock Assessment (Dry Skills)
   16 26-Nov Saturday Wet Skills
9  17 29-Nov Tuesday Final Revision
   18 30-Nov Wednesday Mandatory Part A  Assessment (Dry Skills) at Bronte
   19  3 Dec Saturday  Mandatory Part B Assessment: 9am -12noon 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 36hrs 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 :
ALL paperwork
Course payment (see fees below)
Successful completion of the proficiency swim pre-requisite

To enrol complete the following steps:

Application Forms & Paperwork:

1) Apply for Membership via The National 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) and a Working with Children Check and provide a copy of the relevant ID. 

3) email the enrolment Form, Working with Children Check, and a copy of your ID to Bronte Admin type "October 2016 Bronze Course Enrolment" in 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).

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 9mins

Proficiency swim's will be held on the following dates:

Sunday 18th September
Sunday 25th September

at Bondi Icebergs meet 3pm for 3.15pm swim

Course Fee's: 
$430 for all new members. $330 for nipper parents already registered with the club. 
$230 for full time students (once ID is sighted). 
You must submit all membership and enrolment 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 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
- Basic Spinal Management

Course Days:
Week 1: Training Commences Early October 2016 (please arrive at 6.30pm for the first night only to receive your club access tag and course manual)
Weekday evenings 7pm -9.30pm: Theory/ Dry Skills at Bronte Surf Club auditorium.
Mid week & Weekend Practical/Wet sessions to be confirmed on the first night of training. 
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 visability 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 9 minutes (13.5 lengths of the Bronte 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?
•    Tues nights – 7-9.30pm (Theory/Dry Skills)
•    Weekday morning 6am-730am (Wet skills) TBA
•    Weekend afternoon (Wet skills) time TBA

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 will not need any pre knowledge of these skills but a basic understanding of 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 3 voluntary patrols throughout the season to remain eligible for Active membership with the club.  

Any further questions please contact Bronte Admin

The following Bronze Course will be held in February 2017.  
To register your interest in the October course email using 2017 February Bronze Course as your subject line.

All training inquiries can be directed to Bronte Chief Training Officer, Andrew Ugarte
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.