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Education Courses

Our courses are designed to to create future lifesavers, who can volunteer for our patrols and wear the “red and yellow’, assist with the development of our future lifesavers with the provision of water safety, and develop emergency response skills you can use in “everyday” life.

For more info on any of our courses please contact us.

Surf Lifesavers Yeppoon
Surf Rescue Certificate

The Surf Rescue Certificate provides participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations and act in the role of Water Safety Personnel.  This is often the first award our young members will undertake to become volunteer lifesavers.

Learning outcomes:
  • Surf awareness
  • Rescue techniques (boards/rescue tubes)
  • Resuscitation (CPR)
  • First aid
  • Communications
  • Radio operations
  • Standard patrol practices
  • Team work
  • Improve fitness.
What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?
  • You must be at least 13 years of age on the date of final assessment.
  • You must be able to swim 200m in under 5 minutes in a pool of at least 25m in length, or over a measured open water course, prior to undertaking any water training or assessment activities.
Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion/Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

Volunteer surf lifesavers undertaking training through their local Surf Life Saving Clubs for the Bronze Medallion.

This is usually the first step towards become a patrolling member with Yeppoon SLSC.

This award is open to all members over the age of 15 and involves training in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care, anatomy and physiology.

The Bronze course is usually run over a period of six to eight weeks, involving both theory and practical sessions. There will be both land and water based activities included in the training.

  • ​Must be 15 years of age at date of final assessment
  • Have completed a 400m swim in less than nine minutes in a pool not less than 25mtrs in length (must be completed prior to training in surf or deep water).
  • Financial member of the Club

​A reasonable level of fitness is required to undertake this course as it involves regular run/swim/run components as well as rescue scenarios using various rescue equipment in the surf, all of which are assessed at the end of the training course.

Course duration is usually over a 6-8 week period.

IRB Driver & Crew

Crew Course

The Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crewperson course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations

The inflatable rescue boat (IRB) is a vital piece of Surf Life Saving equipment, requiring two people to operate.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?
  • Bronze Medallion (the Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations).
  • You must be at least 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment.

Drivers Course (Silver Medallion)

The Silver Medallion IRB Driver provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

  • Bronze medallion
  • IRB Crew Certificate
  • Hold a current state boat license
Surf Sports Carnival Officer

Surf Sports carnival officials ensure our competitions are run in a safe and secure environment, while maintaining the rules and regulations.

Core Officials

Officials working with entry level participants in a club surf sport environment (recreationally or competitively). Participants will generally be non-bronze proficient. Core Officials need to understand the core elements of the Surf Sport environment and how this relates to officiating in junior surf sport (beach, board and swim) environments. This course provides a basic understanding of the key events conducted for junior level competitions. Core Officials are permitted to Officiate at any carnivals and competitions including State Championships where up to and including under 14 years age categories are conducted. There are four duties that they can carry out: Marshall, Recording Judge, Timekeeping Judge and Finish Judge. Core Officials will be supervised at competitions by a competent Technical (or above) accredited Official.

  • 16+ years
  • Working with Children Check
  • SLSA Membership

Technical Officials

Officials who choose to fulfil specific officiating roles and who work with participants who are actively competing in a club/branch/state surf sport competition environments.

  • 16 Years +
  • Working with Children Check
  • ASC Community Officiating General Principles
  • SLSA Membership
Skills Maintenance (Proficiency)

The patrol season will commence on Saturday, 18 September 2021, and ends on Monday, 2 May 2022.

A skills maintenance is required to be undertaken by all award holders (SRC, Bronze, ART, IRB drivers, IRB Crew and Observers) annually to keep your awards current.

Members must be proficient by December 31st each year.

If attending please bring swimwear, towel and high vis rashie.

If you are unable to make any of these dates, please call or email the Club Administrator during office hours to discuss participating at another Club.


Members are requested to note the process for completing your proficiency will require the completion of both an online theory section and practical component.

Members can access their online theory component via the SLSA Members Area.

Guidelines to access and complete your theory component are as follows:

General information for Skills Maintenance eLearning
  • Make sure you select the correct year (2021/22)
  • Email your completion certificate to the Club Office or bring along on the day.
  • It should take approx 30 minutes to complete
Other Requirements
  • Members must be financial for the 21/22 Season
  • Hold a current Working with Children Blue Card
  • Completed the CYRM  (details on accessing listed below)

Child Youth Risk Management Module (CYRM)

  • Safeguarding our children is of the highest priority for the Club.
  • All members 18 years & over must complete the CYRM upon joining the club
  • This short online course is part of the Child Risk Management Strategy and will take approx 15 minutes.
  • Guidelines to locating and completing the CYRM module in eLearning are located here.
How to get your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

A USI – Unique Student Identifier is a reference number that creates an online record of your training and qualifications attained in Australia

As of July 1st 2018 all Surf Life saving Qld members participating in an award which contains units of competency will be required to have a USI number.  This will include the bronze medallion, IRB course, ART or First Aid.

It is very easy to do, please follow the below steps.
  1. Have at least one of the following forms of identification: Birth Certificate | Driver’s Licence |Medicare Card | Australian Passport |Visa (Non-Australian Passport)
  2. Visit the USI website at
  3. Select ‘Create a USI’  and follow the steps.
  4. Record your USI number and keep secure.