Programs

Bronze Medallion

Royal Life Saving offers a number of lifesaving programs and awards that are offered through schools, pools and community groups. The award scheme has several strands, each with a sequential flow, with awards that can be gained progressively by people of all ages and abilities.

The central component of Royal Life Saving’s lifesaving awards is the Bronze Medallion which has been operating for over 100 years with many Australians undertaking the program since commencement. The Bronze Medallion is considered the pinnacle of the awards in the community.

Lifesaving skills learnt and developed through the program are highly regarded in the community and may even lead to or enhance the chances of starting a career.

There are six main awards within the Rescue and Bronze strands before you can progress to advanced lifesaving awards or challenge yourself with the Diploma.

  • Dry Rescue
  • Wade Rescue
  • Accompanied Rescue
  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross

To find out more about how you can participate in the Bronze Medallion or any of the Lifesaving Awards contact the Royal Life Saving office in your State or Territory.

Dry Rescue

Aim

To introduce land-based water rescue techniques.

This award is particularly applicable to primary school students or non-swimmers. This award does not train or qualify a candidate to enter the water to perform a rescue.

Prerequisite

There are no prerequisites required for this award.

Content

Theory

Safe water practices, self-preservation in rescues, recognising an emergency.

Practical

Reach rescue: Demonstrate a reach rescue to a person in difficulty within a short distance of safety.

Throw rescue: Perform a throw rescue using a weighted rope to a weak swimmer in difficulty 8 metres from safety.

Perform a throw rescue using an unweighted rope to a weak swimmer in difficulty 6 metres from safety.

Throw 3 different buoyant aids to a weak swimmer in difficulty 5 metres from safety.

Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of a person who is not more than 5 metres from safety.

Wade Rescue

Aim

To introduce skills and knowledge of safe water rescue and survival.

This award is also applicable to primary school level and developing swimmers. This award does not train or qualify a candidate to perform a swimming rescue.

Prerequisite

There are no prerequisites for this award.

Content

Theory

Safe water practices, how to survive in the water, self-preservation in rescues, recognising an emergency, DRSABCD

Practical

Resuscitation awareness: Demonstrate checking for dangers, assessing unconsciousness, clearing and opening the airway, positioning the casualty for CPR, mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing, chest compression.

Reach rescue: Demonstrate a reach rescue using an aid to a person in difficulty 2 metres from safety.

Throw rescue: Perform a throw rescue using an unweighted rope to a weak swimmer in difficulty 8 metres from safety.

Wade: Rescue a person using a buoyant aid to a person in difficulty 10 metres from safety.

Rescue a person using a rigid aid to a person in difficulty 8 metres from safety.

Initiative: Demonstrate in effecting a rescue of a person who is not more than 8 metres from safety.

Swim: Continuously for 5 minutes covering at least 100 metres.

Tread water: Using the arms for 1 minute.

Surface dive: Collect two of six objects place in a 2m² area in water 1.2 metres deep.

Accompanied Rescue

Aim

To develop skills and knowledge of safe water rescue and survival.

This award is suitable for upper primary, junior secondary school students and developing lifesavers. Holders of this award are not trained or qualified to attempt any form of contact rescue in deep water.

Prerequisite

There are no prerequisites required for this award.

Content

Theory

Safe water practices, how to survive in the water, self-preservation in rescues, recognising an emergency, assessment before a rescue, priorities for rescue, DRSABCD

Practical

Resuscitation awareness: Demonstrate checking for dangers, assessing unconsciousness, clearing and opening the airway, positioning the casualty for CPR, mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing, mouth-to-nose rescue breathing, chest compression, the appropriate action for a casualty who vomits or regurgitates, the recovery position.

Getting help: explain procedures for getting help and contacting emergency services.

Throw rescue: Demonstrate a throw rescue using a buoyant aid to a person in difficulty 6 metres from safety.

Perform a throw rescue using a weighted rope to a weak swimmer in difficulty 10 metres from safety.

Wade and resuscitation: Perform a wade rescue of an unconscious and non-breathing person in water of waist depth 5-8 metres from safety and simulate rescue breathing while wading.

Wade rescue: Perform a wade rescue using a rigid aid of a person in difficulty 8 metres from safety.

Defensive techniques: Demonstrate a defensive position and reverse action.

Accompanied rescue: Demonstrate an accompanied rescue with a flotation aid, of a person in difficulty 15 metres from safety.

Underwater search: Demonstrate an individual search pattern in shallow water.

Surface dive: Recover three of six objects placed in a 2m² area in water 1.5 metres deep.

Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of a person who is not more than 10 metres from safety.

Bronze Star

Aim

To develop skills and knowledge of safe water rescue and survival.

This award is a secondary student award. Holders of this award are not trained or qualified to attempt any form of contact rescue involving conscious persons in deep water.

Prerequisite

There are no prerequisites for this award.

Content

Theory

Safe water practices, how to survive in the water, self-preservation in rescues, recognising an emergency, assessment before a rescue and during a rescue, priorities for rescue, treatment for shock and elementary after care, DRSABCD.

Practical

Resuscitation awareness: Demonstrate checking for dangers, assessing unconsciousness, clearing and opening the airway, positioning the casualty for CPR, mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing, mouth-to-nose rescue breathing, chest compression, the appropriate action for a casualty who vomits or regurgitates, the appropriate action for airway blockage, the recovery position.

Throw rescue: Perform a throw rescue using a PFD to a person in difficulty 6 metres from safety.

Perform a throw rescue using an unweighted rope to a person in difficulty 10 metres from safety.

Rescue and resuscitation: Perform a tow rescue of an unconscious and non-breathing person 10 metres from safety and commence rescue breathing while wading.

Accompanied rescue: Perform an accompanied rescue using a flotation aid for a person in difficulty 15 metres from safety.

Defensive techniques: Demonstrate a defensive position, a reverse and a leg block.

Tow: Perform a tow rescue using a non-rigid aid of a weak swimmer in difficulty in deep water 20 metres of safety.

Surface dive: Demonstrate head-first and a feet-first surface dive in deep water.

Underwater search: Demonstrate a search pattern in deep water.

Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of a person who is no more than 15 metres from safety.

Survival skills: Perform a survival sequence including floating, treading water, putting on a PFD in deep water and demonstrating the HELP technique.

Swim: Swim 300 metres in a target time of 10 minutes.

Bronze Medallion

Aim

To develop the level of knowledge, judgement, technique and physical ability required to carry out safe water rescues.

Holders of this award are recognised as having gained a minimum standard as a qualified lifesaver.

Minimum age

14 years or in the year in which the candidate turns 14.

Prerequisite

It is advantageous if candidates hold the Senior Swim and Survive and Bronze Star awards.

Content

Theory

Safe water practices; survival in the water; self-preservation; recognising an emergency; assessment before and during a rescue; priorities for rescue; CPR theory; acceptance of responsibility; use of bystanders; emergency care and contacting emergency services.

Practical

Resuscitation: Demonstrate effective CPR

Swim: Swim 400 metres continuously within 13 minutes. 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m survival backstroke, 100m sidestroke.

Timed Tow: Swim 50 metres, then tow a patient 50m within 3 min 15 sec.

Survival and Rescue Skills: Demonstrate a range of survival techniques and appropriate rescues for a range of different aquatic environments and scenarios.

Spinal Injuries: Basic management of a suspected spinal injury in shallow water.

Rescue Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of two people who are in difficulty up to 15 metres from safety.

Bronze Cross

Aim

To further develop the level of judgement, technique and physical ability required to carry out water rescues.

Prerequisite

The Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for this award.

Content

Theory

Safe water practices; survival in the water; self-preservation; recognising an emergency; assessment before and during a rescue; priorities for rescue; CPR theory; acceptance of responsibility; use of bystanders; emergency care and contacting emergency services.

Practical

Resuscitation: Demonstrate effective CPR

Timed tow: Swim 50 metres, and then tow an unconscious, breathing person 50 metres while wearing clothing within 3 minutes.

Swim: Swim 600 metres continuously within 17 minutes. 300m using any recognised stroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m survival backstroke, 100m sidestroke.

Defensive techniques: Perform while wearing clothing, a defensive position, a reverse, a leg block and a block with an aid.

Spinal injury: Immobilise a breathing person with a suspected spinal injury in shallow water.

Underwater search: Demonstrate a search pattern using both head-first and feet-first surface dives in water 2 metres deep.

Rescue and resuscitation: Perform a tow rescue to a non-breathing person in deep water 15 metres from safety and simulate rescue breathing for 30 seconds.

Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of two people who are in difficulty up to 20 metres.