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.
Note the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia National Office is NOT a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). All nationally recognised training is delivered by Royal Life Saving State and Territory Member Organisations (STMOs). See the RTO and Enrolment Information section below.
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 modes and course structure may vary depending on which Royal Life Saving STMO you enrol with. Courses may use a combination of face-to-face training, online learning and text-based pre-course learning.
To obtain specific details about the courses delivered at your local area it is important you get in contact with your local Royal Life Saving STMO.
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 receive a:
- Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion certificate (valid for 12 months) and/or
- Royal Life Saving Resuscitation certificate (valid for 12 months)
A Statement of Attainment for the below Units of Competency from the SIS National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package may be available. It is best to check with your local Royal Life Saving office about whether the course you are interested in is offering the vocational units.
- SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues
- HLTAID001 Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Units may go towards a credit in a (SIS31015) Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation from the SIS National Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.
RTO and Enrolment Information
To find a course closest to you, simply click on the ‘Find a Scheduled Course’ feature on the top right of the screen.
Please note that the Royal Life Saving Society Australia National Office is NOT a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
All nationally recognised training, aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), is delivered by the RTOs that operate out of the Royal Life Saving State and Territory Member Organisations (STMOs) listed below.
If you are unsure about any aspect of your enrolment or course it is important that you get in contact with your local Royal Life Saving STMO.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) - including Canberra metropolitan and surrounds
- Royal Life Saving Society ACT Branch
- Courses run by Royal Life Saving ACT are delivered through Royal Life Saving Society Australia - NSW (RTO 90666)
New South Wales (NSW) - including Sydney metropolitan and Illawarra, Hunter, Riverina, Northern and Western Regions
- Royal Life Saving Society Australia - NSW (RTO 90666)
· Northern Territory (NT) - including Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs
- Royal Life Saving Society Australia – NT (RTO 0859)
· Queensland (QLD) - including Brisbane metropolitan, Far North and Regional Queensland
- Royal Life Saving Society QLD (RTO 5431)
· South Australia (SA) - including Adelaide metropolitan and regional areas
- Royal Life Saving Society Australia – South Australian Branch (RTO 0996)
· Tasmania (TAS) - including Hobart, Launceston and North West regions
- Royal Life Saving Society Australia – Tasmania Branch
- Courses run by Royal Life Saving Tasmania are delivered through Royal Life Saving Society Australia - NSW (RTO 90666)
· Victoria (VIC) - including Melbourne metropolitan and regional areas
- Life Saving Victoria (RTO 21799)
· Western Australia (WA) - including Perth metropolitan and regional areas
- Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia (RTO 0854)