Become a lifesaver at Tamarama

– Attaining a lifesaving award will enable you to become part of one of Surf Lifesaving Australia’s Foundation Clubs, and being part of Tamarama’s iconic lifesaving heritage.

– The Bronze Medallion (Certificate II in Aquatic Safety) or the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) are the qualifications you need to wear the famous Red & Yellow uniform and patrol the beach to keep Tamarama safe.

– Tamarama SLSC will be running two courses during the 2016/2017 season. The next beginning early February 2017.

Pre-requisites for the Bronze Medallion
  • Aged 15+ on the date of the assessment
  • Be able to complete a 400m swim in the pool in under 9 minutes.
  • Be available to patrol Tamarama Beach (usually around 4-5 hours, one weekend, every 3 weeks over summer).

What you will learn

  • Surf skills and awareness
  • Surf rescue skills
  • Emergency first aid and resuscitation
  • How to create a safer beach environment for our community


  • improve your general fitness
  • improve your surf swimming and board paddling
  • become a valued part of a friendly and supportive team
  • once qualified: use club equipment: racing boards, surf skis, surf boats, gym
  • once qualified: group training for surf swimming, rowing, surf skis.
  • once qualified: compete in surf club carnivals.
Essential requirements
  • The Bronze Medallion course is not a light undertaking and requires commitment, however we know you will find it rewarding and enjoyable.
  • The course requires you to spend some of your own time during the week reading and revising the course materials, and working on your swimming and general fitness throughout.
  • We cover a lot of classroom and practical material during the course and experience tells us you cannot miss more than one class or you will fall behind and risk not being able to sit the assessment. Before signing up, have a think about your ability to actively participate in the entire course
Ongoing Patrol Commitment

On successful completion of the course you will be allocated to a patrol and be on duty at the beach for one weekend morning or afternoon (4-5 hours) approximately every three weeks. The more members we have the lighter the patrol requirements will be. As a small club with limited training resources we prefer to train those who want to become part of our surf club and help patrol the beach for many seasons to come.


The following fees include all training and materials for the Bronze Medallion or SRC course, patrol uniform, keys to the club. Includes 2016/17 Membership Fees and uniform.

Course Cost
Bronze Medallion Course $380
Bronze Medallion Course (concession*) $210
Bronze Medallion Course (15-18 years old) $160
Surf Rescue Certificate (13 – 15 years old) $120

* Full time student, pensioner or unemployed, please bring proof of concession with you. Parents or Guardians of Children who are Cadet Members or enrolled in Tamarama SLSC Nippers may access this concession rate.

Feb 2017 Course Schedule TBC

Timed swim, Dates to be confirmed at Prince Alfred Park Pool from 6.30pm

Week 1 Saturday 4/2 8am – 1pm Tamarama
Week 2 Saturday 11/2 8am – 1pm Tamarama
Week 3 Saturday 18/2 8am – 1pm Tamarama
Week 4 Saturday 25/2 8am – 4pm – INTENSIVE WEEKEND
Sunday 26/2 8am – 4pm – INTENSIVE WEEKEND
Week 5 Saturday 4/3 8am – 1pm Tamarama
Week 6 Saturday 11/3 8am – 1pm Tamarama
Week 7 Saturday 18/3 8am – 1pm Tamarama
Week 8 Saturday 25/3 8am – 4pm – INTENSIVE WEEKEND Trial assessment / revision
Week 8 Saturday 26/3 8am – 4pm – INTENSIVE WEEKEND Assessment / presentation ceremony
Each Tuesday optional swimming fitness and technique classes, Prince Alfred Park Pool from 6pm
Each Thursday optional group homework, revision session at Tama clubhouse from 6pm




  1. Complete your details on this form: Bronze Sign Up Form*
  2. Once you’ve completed the form we will email you with more information and details of how to pay for the course.
  3. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at
  • Candidates are asked to commit to the attendance requirements set out above.
  • Absence from more than 1 class is likely to disqualify candidates from sitting the assessment.
  • Withdrawals during the course disrupts team cohesion and precludes other interested candidates.
  • Refunds are only given in the event of verifiable medical conditions within the first 2 weeks of the course and provisional on all course material first being returned to TSLSC.
  • There is an expectation that you will undertake regular rostered lifesaving patrols after the conclusion of the course.

Q. Am I required to pay before the start of the course?

A. Yes. And pre-paid candidates get preference in being admitted in the event the squad is oversubscribed. If you haven’t paid in full by the first beach session you won’t be able to take part as you wouldn’t be insured.

Q. If you have a surplus of candidates for the bronze class, who gets priority? A. We give preference to candidates who: – are committed to becoming ongoing activel patrol members. – pre-pay their membership fees. Tama is a small club and needs more active patrollers to save lives.

Q. I can’t make the date of the timed swim, can I still join? A. It is essential that all candidates pass their timed swim before the course starts.

  • If you’re unable to make the date above, it may be possible to arrange another swim. The swim must be supervised by one of our instructors. Email

Q. What happens at the swim trial? A. Candidates who swim 400m in:

– under 9 minutes are accepted onto the BM course. – under 9 minutes 10 secs may be given a second chance to achieve under 9 mins at the sole discretion of the instructor.

– over 9 minutes 10 secs will be asked to train to get their swim time under 9 mins before re-applying. – candidates unsuccessful in their timed swim will be fully refunded their fees.

Q. What if I want to join and I already have a Bronze Medallion? A. Please contact Surf Life Saving Sydney (SLSS) to verify they have a record of your BM. If they don’t, you will have to re-do the BM course to become an active patrol member. Please contact SLSS on or call them on 02 9019 0722 for more info.

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