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

Bay and Basin Leisure Centre
The Wool Road, Vincentia, NSW, 2540
Commencing Wednesday 1st Nov 2017
4 week program from
Cost: FREE
Contact: 02 4406 2022

Kiama Leisure Centre
1 Havilah Place, Kiama NSW 2533
Commencing Thursday 9th Nov
6 week program from 1pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: 02 4232 1877

Ulladulla Leisure Centre
Cnr Green and Warden Street, Ulladulla NSW 2539
Commencing Monday 13th Nov
4 week program from 1-3pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: 02 4444 8811

South Australia

Fleurieu Aquatic Centre
Commencing Tuesday 6th February 2018
4 week program from 11.45am-1.15pm
Contact: 08 8210 4500 or email

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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