Surf Life Saving NSW offers members a range of lifesaving awards. Some are required to perform certain roles within a club, and others are aimed at providing further development opportunities for our volunteers.

Aquatic Rescue & Public Safety Awards

Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

The SRC provides members with skills and knowledge related to surf awareness, aquatic rescue operations, communication systems and equipment and resuscitation. It is recommended for members who wish to perform in the role of SLS water safety personnel or take on a lifesaving cadetship and join a lifesaving patrol.

Radio Operator

Covers the skills and knowledge to perform basic communication practices.

Bronze Medallion / Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

The BM provides members with skills and knowledge related to surf awareness, aquatic rescue operations, radio operations, resuscitation, emergency care, spinal management, communication, teamwork and SLS patrol operations. This award includes and builds upon the Surf Rescue Certificate, and it is the prerequisite award for many other SLS pathway awards.

Silver Medallion Beach Management

Covers the skills, knowledge and experience to manage a beach in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue

Covers the skills and knowledge to participate in search and rescue operations.

Gold Medallion

Covers advanced skills and knowledge to manage emergency situations in autonomous situations.

Powercraft Awards

Side by Side Vehicle (SSV) Operator Induction

SSV Operator Inductions are available for club members who are a minimum of 17 years of age, proficient in at least one SLSA Award and hold a current, valid NSW Driver License (provisional or above). If you are interested in participating in an SSV induction and you fulfill the requirements please contact your club’s Chief Training Officer. The SLSNSW SSV Operator Induction Form is available to download here.

Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crewperson

Covers with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an IRB in surf rescue operations.

Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Driver

Covers the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an IRB in surf rescue operations.

Rescue Water Craft (RWC) Operator

Covers the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage a Rescue Water Craft (RWC) in lifesaving operations.

First Aid Awards

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

Develops skills and knowledge to use oxygen, airway management devices, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during resuscitation, and to administer oxygen to conscious or unconscious breathing causalities.

First Aid

Develops skills and knowledge to manage emergency first aid situations until professional medical support is available. This course is available for club members who are a minimum of 14 years of age and is also recognised by WorkCover NSW.

If you are interested in participating in First Aid course, please contact your club’s Chief Training Officer.