Skills Maintenance (‘Proficiency’)

Each year returning members participate in skills maintenance events to refresh their knowledge and skills for patrol.

These events also introduce returning members to any new patrol equipment or updates to SLS policies and procedures released within the previous 12 months.

This page provides links to all the Member Skills Maintenance (aka ‘Proficiency’) resources available, including the latest SLSNSW Skills Maintenance Circular.

It also includes information to support SLS club skills maintenance activities.

You will need your unique SLS Members Area Login Details to access some skills maintenance resources.


  • Each component of skills maintenance only needs be demonstrated once in any one season even if it appears in multiple SLS awards.
  • Please allow up to 4 weeks to have your award’s proficiency date extended from the time you complete all skills maintenance requirements for that award.
  • Skills maintenance only renews an SLSA award’s currency for patrol purposes. It does not renew any units of competency. Speak with your club’s Chief Training Officer if you need to renew any units of competency, e.g., HLTAID011 Provide first aid.
  • Reasonable adjustment cannot be made if a member is not able to perform resuscitation on an adult on the floor or has an injury that prevents them from performing lifesaving and rescue functions.


Speak with your Club Chief Training Officer about becoming an Endorsed Delegate this season.

It’s a great way to meet people and support your club’s education team while passing on your valuable knowledge and skills to other members.


  • Endorsed delegate awards in SurfGuard are valid for 12 months and are not available for SLS awards within the powercraft education pathway, e.g., IRB and RWC awards.
  • The SLSA Assessing app is available to reduce the burden of paperwork associated with assessing skills maintenance. Refer to the SLSNSW Assessing App webpage for more information.


Send your feedback or suggestions on any component of SLS Skills Maintenance to the SLSNSW Training and Education Team ( or SLSNSW Lifesaving Team (