Most training covered across the 11 chapters of the previous SLSA Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue 34th Edition (PSAR34) training manual is now covered across 10 modules of the new Bronze Medallion curriculum.  

Refer to the file download section of this webpage for a document containing a summary of changes from the old to new curriculum for both the SRC and BM. 

There is now also new SRC to BM Transition program resources available to trainers and assessors that outline the differences between the new SRC and BM in further detail. Refer to the SRC-BM Transition Course Guide in the SLS Members Area Document Library for more information about members transitioning from the SRC that relates to PSAR34 or PSAR35.

SRC - Emergency Care

This training was removed from the SRC curriculum as it does not align with the aims of the SRC course and to increase the relevance of the SRC to its primary learner cohorts – cadet members and nipper parents. The SRC is an entry-level lifesaving qualification that provides the foundation skills to enable members to perform the essential aquatic rescue tasks required of a fully qualified lifesaver.

​SLS members can still take part in the SLS First Aid course from the age of 14. Some cadet members may now wish to complete the SLS First Aid Course after the SRC and before training for the Bronze Medallion so they can apply for RPL or a credit transfer for the new Emergency Care module of the BM curriculum. Refer to the SRC and BM Delivery and Assessment Guide for more information.

SRC - Patrol Operations

This training was removed from the SRC curriculum as it aligns with the aims of the SLS Bronze Medallion course, the entry-level lifesaving qualification required to become a fully qualified lifesavers. It also increases the relevance of the SRC for its primary learner cohorts.

Cadet members with their SRC can still receive on-the-job training and exposure to patrol operations while on patrol with their friends and family members, and gaining more experience with radio communications and other essential aquatic rescue tasks.

Cadet members wanting to complete their BM may also have their Patrol Captain provide complete a third-party report to assist them to complete the BM Assessment Task 12. CTOs may refer to to the SRC and BM Delivery and Assessment Guide for more information.

BM - Administration of Oxygen

This training was removed from the BM curriculum for several reasons. For example:

  • Evidence shows that high-quality CPR and AED use are more effective at increasing a victim's chance of survival. Therefore, the new SLSA SRC and BM curriculum focuses on effectively performing a primary assessment as an individual as well as part of a team while leaving the administration of oxygen to a more specialist award holder. 
  • There is new evidence supporting WHS concerns for the use of oxygen in a first responder setting. These concerns warrant more specialised training which the SLS Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ARTC) course aims to provide.
  • A data analysis of SLS incident reports concluded that the significant majority of emergency care incidents attended by lifesavers do not require the administration of oxygen.
  • Training in the administration of oxygen is above the basic CPR and emergency care level training required for entry-level lifesaver qualifications.

Both SRC and BM participants are now trained to follow the instructions of the ARTC qualified first responder on patrol, which includes placing different types of oxygen masks on victims and keeping oxygen masks at a safe distance from a victim during defibrillation. This does not impact first aid competitions which require SLS members to hold the ARTC to compete.

There are no changes to the SLS entry requirements for the current version of the ARTC. Members can complete this advanced emergency care training after their SRC or BM as the new curriculum includes HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Please refer to the SLSNSW Awards and Qualifications Chart for more information about training that can be undertaken after or separate to the SRC and BM. 

Member Protection

Awareness training on member protection now includes new information on safeguarding children and young people and what to do if you have any concerns about member safety.

Mental Health Awareness

This training has increased within the SRC and BM curriculum in response to feedback from the SLS membership. For example, members are introduced to steps they can take to start mental health conversations with a fellow SLS member (or significant other) presenting signs or symptoms of work-related or critical incident stress. 

Risk Management

This training is now incorporated further into all training modules and emphasised in some course activities. BM course participants becoming fully qualified lifesavers also receive more in-depth training on risk management and preventative actions. 

Spinal Management

The small amount of additional training within the archived SLS Spinal Management Certificate (v2016/17) that was above the previous BM level of training has been added into the new BM curriculum.

This includes;

  • more in-depth theory content on the causes and types of spinal injuries
  • new techniques to manage a suspected spinal injury on land that do not include lowering a victim on a spinal board 
  • spinal management techniques to manage a victim’s airway in the surf as well as extracting them from the hazardous surf environment 

This is in response to feedback and recommendations provided by the national lifesaving management and advisory committees who agree that the SLS organisational requirements for spinal management training are achieved within the BM. The BM curriculum module for spinal management does not align with PUAEME004 Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury which includes additional training on cervical collars.

The new spinal management training also aligns with other BM curriculum modules as it requires participants to demonstrate their effective communication and teamwork skills that form part of the BM curriculum.

Arterial Tourniquets

This training has been added to the BM curriculum in response to feedback and recommendations provided to the national lifesaving committees by the national medical advisory group. Windlass arterial tourniquets will soon be available in SLS trauma kits around the country. Refer to your lifesaving committees for more information.

The SLSA BM includes some training and assessment above the HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency care core unit of the PUA20119 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) which it aligns with.

All TAFs 

All TAFs who delivered or assessed the previous SRC or BM course versions need to participate in a New SRC and BM Induction lead by either SLSNSW or their Branch Director of Education. This induction session and an online survey needs to be completed before they begin training and assessing the current course versions in one of their new delivery formats. TAFs should refer to their Branch Directors of Education for more information.


Current SLSNSW trainers who hold the new 2019 version of the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)(PUA20119) OR the 2012 version (PUA21012) AND a current HLTAID002 unit of competency may train the BM.

Trainers need to ensure their current HLTAID002 is recorded in SurfGuard as this is a core unit of the new Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue). Current are those Statement of Attainments (SoAs) obtained after 14 August 2017.

A simple Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) process has been established for trainers who have obtained HLTAID003 externally but do not have HLTAID002 listed on their SoA. They can simply complete this short online form to apply for this unit through RPL.

Once accepted, their RPL application will be processed within 21 working days.

Trainers who do not hold a current HLTAID002 and wish to train the new BM/Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) will need to contact their CTO or Branch Director of Education regarding supported pathways to maintain their HLTAID currency which is still needed for both aquatic rescue and emergency care pathway awards.

Assessors and Facilitators

Current SLSNSW assessors and facilitators who hold the following awards may assess the BM.

  • The new 2019 version of the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) (PUA20119) OR the 2012 version (PUA21012)


  • Current HLTAID003 Provide first aid, including a current HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support.

Refer to the SLSA Members Area for a list of your awards (Memberships > Awards)

All current BM Trainers, Assessors and Facilitators (TAFs) inducted into the new BM can train and assess spinal management and tourniquets; however, it is highly recommended that former Spinal Management Facilitators support TAFs through the spinal management sessions of their first few courses. Induction sessions will be offered prior to the start of the season to ensure BM TAFs are sufficiently inducted to deliver these two new additions to the BM curriculum.