Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

Award Summary:

The aim of this course is to provide members with knowledge of basic patrolling, first aid and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in life saving operations. This course is the minimum water safety qualification required for participating on patrols within your Club and/or Junior Activity supervision or water safety.

Unit/s of Competency:

There are no units of competency currently aligned with this award.


On successful completion the participants will receive the SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate.

Course content:

  • Safety and wellbeing
  • Surf awareness and skills
  • First aid
  • Resuscitation
  • Rescue techniques
  • Signals


  • Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must have completed a 200 metre swim in 5 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course on flat water. This needs to be completed prior to any training in the surf and/or deep water and must be signed off on the candidate‚Äôs assessment portfolio.

Course Duration:

SRC course duration is usually 35-40 hours. Most Clubs run this as a weekly program for their under 14 nippers groups.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this course, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Consult the SLSNSW RPL Guide for Applicants available on the Participant Resources page of the SLSNSW website.

Course enquiries:

Please contact the Chief Training Officer at your Club


Candidates will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace. They will be required to complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios.


For this award to remain current, candidates must perform a proficiency check prior to 31st December each year.


Trainers and assessors for this award must be endorsed to train/assess SRC or Bronze Medallion.

Training resources for this course:


  • Training enrolment form
  • Surf Rescue Certificate Learner guide
  • RPL application form
  • Participant evaluation form
  • Training course report
  • Multiday attendance sheet
  • Assessors completion form


  • Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Manual (33rd edition)

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