There are now 12 assessments, including a third-party report, instead of 8 for the BM. The SRC still has 7 assessment tasks.

Administrative burden reduced

The marking instructions have been updated to reduce the administrative burden of assessment paperwork.

Real realistic scenario based assessments

Many of the new assessment tasks are truer to life and scenario based.

New benchmarking for consistency

All new practical assessments now have more detailed benchmarks, performance criteria and instructions for both assessors and participants to increase consistency of assessment across clubs.

More space to note second attempts

The assessment summary sheets in the DAG and final competency completion record in the assessment portfolio now include spaces to record both first and second assessment attempt results.

For example, you may record the run-swim-run times for attempt 1 and attempt 2 on the same day before or after any other wet assessments. However, a participant who does not satisfactorily complete the run-swim-run or any other wet assessment after 2 attempts on the same assessment day must return for their 3rd attempt on a later assessment date after further training has been provided.


  • The dry signals assessment (AT2) is the only assessment task that must be satisfactorily completed before a participant can take part in any wet assessment, e.g. any aquatic rescue or surf skill related assessments.  
  • Participants should receive confirmation of RPL or credit transfer status prior to course commencement. 
  • Refer to the SRC and BM Delivery and Assessment Guide in the SLS Members Area Document Library for more information. 

This information is included for participants within their Assessment Portfolio. 

Assessors, facilitators and chief training officers should also refer to the assessment portfolio and any other Assessment Evidence checklist provided to you by your SLS branch. 

It is highly recommended that members of club education teams refer to the SLSNSW Training Resources webpage and the SLS Members Area Document Library to ensure they have all current and required paperwork prior to a commencing a course. 

Assessors and facilitators need to hold a current HLTAID001 and HLTAID003 to assess the new SRC and BM curriculum.

TAFs still have the option to renew the currency of their HLTAID units of competency through their surf club.

They can also submit a current Statement of Attainment as evidence of renewing their HLTAID unit of competency through an external RTO.


  • SLS Skills maintenance renews the currency of the SRC or BM award for all members to meet SLS organisational requirements for patrolling members.
    It does not renew the currency of the nationally recognised HLTAID units of competency required by assessors and facilitators of SLS awards within the SLS aquatic rescue and emergency care training pathways.
  • All TAF’s who require their HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation unit of competency to be updated will need to complete a full SLS Resuscitation award assessment. The SLS Resuscitation award course resources, including the assessment portfolio in the learner guide v2.1 July 2016, are available in the SLSA Members Area Document Library (SLSNSW Education). As per current assessment guidelines, a new award assessment request will need to be entered in SurfGuard for an Assessor to process and forward to the appropriate Branch. After the award is processed, a TAF will receive a Statement of Attainment (SoA) with the unit of competency and their SurfGuard records will also be updated accordingly
  • It is highly recommended that SRC and BM trainers keep their HLTAID units of competency current as well. There are also many employment benefits for TAFs keeping their HLTAID unit of competency current, which a surf club can help them arrange.


There is a transition program for those who completed their SRC using PSAR34 as well as those using PSAR35.

Refer to the SRC and BM Delivery and Assessment Guide and the SRC-BM Transition Program Course Guide for more information

Course participants with PSAR34 related assessments on hold due to COVID19 had until the end of 2020 to complete their assessment tasks.

Speak with you SLSC’s CTO for more information about current assessment options.