Surf lifesaving is an iconic part of Australian culture, with the red and yellow flags being etched into the hearts and minds of all Australians.

The Education Team at Brighton runs many courses for our membership. Please see the list below, as each course has requirements. Courses are scheduled across summer and determined by our volunteer trainers.

To become an Active lifesaver and patrol in the ‘red and yellow’ you must achieve Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion.

Once you gain your award you are then placed onto a patrol roster to perform voluntary patrols for the Club. Members who perform patrols for the Club are eligible to compete in surf lifesaving carnivals and receive club benefits including free gym membership, and access to training equipment. Member benefits also include hiring our club at a discounted rate for functions and accessing state run courses at discounted rates.

Once a member has obtained any award must complete an annual skills maintenance (proficiency) each season to continue their patrol and competition activities. These take place approximately October/November each year.

Other Lifesaving awards that are on offer at a state level includes:

  • First Aid
  • Pool Lifegaurd
  • Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue
  • Silver Medallion Beach Management
  • Trainers Officers
  • Assessors
  • Rescue Water Craft (Jetski) operators
  • Jetboat Crew or Drivers
  • Helicopter Crew

If you have any questions about training course dates or the annual proficiency please email our Chief Instructor - Ingrid Cobiac



Unit/s Of Competency/Qualifications 

Public Safety Awards 

Nipper Water Safety Certificate 

15 years at time of assessment 

Financial Member 


Surf Rescue Certificate 

13 years at time of assessment 

Swim 200m in 5 minutes or less (goggles and masks permitted) in a swimming pool of at least 25m in length or over a measured open water course. 

Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] (HLTAID009) Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills (PUASAR012) Participate in an aquatic rescue operation (PUASAR013) Operate communications systems and equipment (PUAOPE013) 


Bronze Medallion (Certificate II Public Safety Aquatic Rescue) 

At least 14 years to commence training At least 15 years at date of final assessment.  

Be able to swim 400m in 9 minutes or less (goggles and mask permitted), in a swimming pool of at least 25m in length or over a measured open-water course.  


Cert II in Public Safety Aquatic Rescue(PUA20119)  

Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills (PUASAR012) Communicate in the workplace (PUACOM001)  

Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures (PUAOHS001)  

Operate communications systems and equipment (PUAOPE013) Participate in an aquatic rescue operation (PUASAR013)  

Provide basic emergency life support (HLTAID002)  

Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] (HLTAID009) Work effectively in a public safety organisation (PUATEA004)  

Work in a team (PUATEA001) 


IRB Crew 

Minimum 15 years at time of assessment Bronze proficient Min 17hours training as crew 

Crew small power craft in a rescue operation (PUASAR015) 


Silver Medallion IRB Driver 

Minimum 16 years to commence training Minimum 17 years at date of assessment Hold Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)  

IRBC proficient Bronze proficient  

Hold current SA Boat Licence recorded on Surf guard Min 33 hours of training as Driver 

Operate and maintain a small power craft and motor for rescue operations (PUASAR014)  

Prepare maintain and test response equipment (PUAEQU001) 


First Aid Awards 


10 years of age at time of assessment  

Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] (HLTAID009) 

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques 

Provide First Aid HLTAID011  

15 years at time of assessment 

Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] (HLTAID009)  

Provide advanced resuscitation & oxygen therapy (HLTAID015)