Up to date information regarding Salt beach patrol hours, lifeguard schedule, conditions and safety information can be found on the Beachsafe website (or via the Beachsafe App on phone or tablet). A rough guide is that the Salt SLSC patrols on Weekends and Public Holidays between September and April from 9am to mid-afternoon.
The next Salt/Casuarina lifesaver training course will start on 18th October 2017. The sign-on day is provided for junior and adult members to join the surf club prior to the start of the course.
This lifesaver training course is open to all members of the community from 15 years of age - and all abilities. For the cost of membership, $25, we will train you (at a comfortable pace) to become a volunteer surf life saver.
Qualification Chart - See all the prerequisites required for a course and what your qualification will be at the end.
The Bronze Medallion is the minimum qualification required to become an Active Surf Life Saver and/or perform Water Safety for nipper activities. You must be a minimum of 15 years of age on completion of the course and as a pre-requisite candidates must complete a 400m pool swim in nine (9) minutes or less. Candidates train in groups for approximately six - eight (6-8) weeks, training twice per week. During this time you will develop skills in:
The first course for the 2017/18 season will commence on Wednesday 11th October 2017.
On successfully gaining your Bronze Medallion, members have the option to attain further nationally recognised awards to increase skills and/or confidence. Including; Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew/Driver, Spinal Management and even become…. a trainer!!!!
Your bronze medallion training is performed in a group. It generally takes each group approximately 8 weeks to finish the assessment, based on 2 sessions a week. A typical course will meet on Wednesday nights for Theory and then put theory into practice on Sunday mornings. This will all be confirmed at your first meeting.
Lots of people are concerned that they can't swim well enough to complete their Bronze Medallion. The swim requirement is for average swimmers, not elite. Get in the pool or the sea and time yourself, you'll be surprised at how achievable the times are. Also consider that you will practice the swims many times before you sit your exam. This is usually enough to gain the confidence necessary to do the swims.
Once you complete your Bronze Medallion you will be introduced to patrols. Patrolling SALT Beach is a rewarding community service. With patrol comes a sense of satisfaction that you are helping the community amongst other positive benefits. The commitment for patrol is approximately 6 hours per month between September and April. Patrol teams are good fun, and are very flexible. Members are able to swap in and out of patrols in order to balance their community service with their personal lives. Some patrol is better than no patrol.
Do not to get overwhelmed by some of the requirements of the bronze medallion. If at all concerned do not give up now. Come down to the club and talk to the trainers, Gary and Dennis about your concerns, that is what they are there for and they will coach through every step of the way.
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast - http://www.slsfnc.com.au/
Surf Life Saving NSW - http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/
Surf Life Saving Australia - https://sls.com.au/