Program Delivery

The Grey Medallion program is a water safety and lifesaving skills initiative for older adults. It aims to encourage a healthy, independent and active lifestyle through the development of essential skills in order to participate in aquatic recreation activities safely.

This practical program provides older adults with personal survival techniques, improved swimming skills, skills to deal with emergency situations and a thorough understanding of water safety knowledge in order to reduce the likelihood of drowning.

The Grey Medallion program has been developed to be delivered in a flexible manner. The number of sessions and the modules selected may vary depending on the ability of participants and the aquatic venue. A combination of theory and practical components helps to consolidate learning. Practical elements of the program may need a number of sessions so that skills may be developed over time. Programs may run over a series of weeks with attendance required on a once a week basis, or they may be conducted using a more intensive format.

The Grey Medallion program is conducted by instructors from all walks of life with varied skills who are well versed with water safety, lifesaving, and basic resuscitation and rescue skills. All instructors are required to complete a training workshop to deliver the Grey Medallion program. The instructor’s workshop is recognised by AUSTSWIM for re-registration hours and would complement the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults qualification.

There are numerous resources available to assist in the delivery of the program, enhance learning for participants as well as promotional materials to advertise. Some resources are also available in the following languages: Arabic, Italian, Greek, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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All participants receive a certificate of participation to recognise the sessions completed. Aquatic centres interested in conducting the Grey Medallion program at their facility or interested persons wishing to participate in the program should complete the contact us form to receive more information.

Upcoming Courses

New South Wales

Q-One Aquatic Centre Queanbeyan
Corner of Crawford and Antill Streets, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620
Commencing Wednesday 11th October 2017
6 week program from 10.30am-12.30pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: 02 6285 6342

Bay and Basin Leisure Centre
The Wool Road, Vincentia, NSW, 2540
Commencing Wednesday 11th October 2017
4 week program from 1pm-3pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: 02 4406 2022

South Australia

Adelaide Aquatic Centre
Jeffcott Road, North Adelaide SA 5006
Date: TBC
Cost: $30 (Plus pool entry)

Fleurieu Aquatic Centre
Corner Ocean Road & Waterport Road, Hayborough SA 5211
Commencing Wednesday 6th September
4 week program from 11am-12:30pm
Cost: $30 (Plus pool entry)

Register your interest: 08 8210 4500 or email


Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre
20 Ligar St, Sunbury VIC 3429
Commencing Tuesday 26th September
4 week program
Contact: 9740 9766

Richmond Recreation Centre
11-15 Gleadell St, Richmond VIC 3121
Commencing Wednesday 13th September
8 week program
Contact: 03 9205 5555

Collingwood Leisure Centre
2-28 Turnbull St, Clifton Hill VIC 3068
Commencing Tuesday 5th September
8 week program
Contact: 03 9205 5522

If you can't see a program in your state or local area, please contact your local Royal Life Saving Office to register your interest.

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