Bronze Medallion

Practicing aquatic rescueMay be eligible for accreditation in:
  • SISCAQU202A Perform basic water rescues
  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

Lifesaving in its broadest context implies the saving of life through the prevention of accidents, personal survival and the rescue of others.

The majority of drowning accidents occur inland in places such as rivers, dams and home swimming pools. Such places are rarely patrolled by qualified lifeguards.

It is therefore important that all members of the community learn some lifesaving techniques. The thoughtful application of the knowledge and skill provided within this program will save lives, ensure the rescuer's safety and prevent a possible double drowning.


The Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion is recognised as the minimum standard for a qualified lifesaver. This award also increases employment opportunities with many pools and aquatic centres as they require employees who conduct aquatic programs to have their Bronze Medallion.

This course will enhance your personal survival skills while providing you with the knowledge and skills to develop the level of judgement, technique and physical ability required to safely carry out water rescues.

The Bronze Medallion course offers a nationally recognised certification and has flexible delivery options to meet the needs of schools and groups.

Delivery Mode options

Delivery modes vary depending on your selected course and may include:

  1. Face-to-Face – Classroom based includes theory, practical instruction and assessment
  2. Flexible delivery – Self-paced pre-learning and classroom based delivery.
  3. On-line - Self-paced E-learning before attending a face-to-face practical assessment (Coming Soon)

Please check delivery options available at the time of booking.


There is no prior learning required for full course enrolments. Update course enrolments require a current Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion. It is recommended that candidates are 14 in the calendar year the attempt the course.

A medium level of aquatic fitness is required for some practical components of the Bronze Medallion.



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.


  • 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.


Successful candidates will receive a:

  • Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion certificate (valid for 12 months)
  • Royal Life Saving Resuscitation certificate (valid for 12 months)

If required, a Statement of Attainment for Units of Competency from the SIS10 National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package may be available:

  • SISCAQU202A Perform basic water rescues
  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation


Units may go towards a credit in a Certificate III in Aquatics from the SIS10 National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

Course Locations

We deliver nationally recognised training across the following locations with:

  • Bronze Medallion Training - Australian Capital Territory (ACT) - including Canberra metropolitan and surrounds
  • Bronze Medallion Training - New South Wales (NSW) - including Sydney metropolitan and Illawarra, Hunter, Riverina, Northern and Western Regions
  • Bronze Medallion Training - Northern Territory (NT) - including Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs
  • Bronze Medallion Training - Queensland (QLD) - including Brisbane metropolitan, Far North and Regional Queensland
  • Bronze Medallion Training - South Australia (SA) - including Adelaide metropolitan and regional areas
  • Bronze Medallion Training - Tasmania (TAS) - including Hobart, Launceston and North West regions
  • Bronze Medallion Training - Victoria (VIC)
  • Bronze Medallion Training - Western Australia (WA)  
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