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Silver Medallion – Beach Management

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience required to manage a lifesaving or lifeguarding team in emergency and non-emergency situations. The course is aimed at people wishing to be patrol captains and senior lifeguards.


Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • Be at least 17 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • Hold the Bronze Medallion award
  • Be proficient in at least ONE of the following:
    o Bronze Medallion
    o First Aid
    o Radio Operator
    o Advanced Resuscitation Techniques (ART)
    o Spinal Management

Course Delivery

Course length estimated at about 9 hours (dependant on group size and prior knowledge/abilities). This is generally run over three weeks and includes theory (dry) sessions.


  • Act as a team leader as required
  • Undertake work activities and accept responsibilities
  • Set performance requirements and maintain team performance
  • Contribute to team outcomes and support team cohesion
  • Participate in a work team and communicate with management
  • Prepare for beach surveillance and rescue
  • Undertake preventive actions
  • Complete beach surveillance and rescue recovery requirements
  • Respond to casualties in distress

Proficiency Requirements

Proficiency is required in the prerequisites for this award to remain current.

  • Complete a 400-metre swim in 8 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25m length
  • Hold and be proficient in the SLSA Bronze Medallion (and hold the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)

SLSWA recommends that all current patrol captains and vice-captains undertake the Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue online course as part of their skills maintenance. This online course forms the search and rescue (SAR) module of both the Silver Medallion Beach Management and Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue (SMAR) courses.