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Our Annual Procedure for Proficiencies

With over 400 patrolling members keeping Newport Beach safe, we have a responsibility to ensure each and every one of them is equipped with the most up to date training and qualifications. That is why every year, all of our qualified lifesavers undergo a process called Skills Maintenance/Proficencies. All Bronze Medallion qualified lifesavers have to demonstrate, at least annually, that they can:

  • Perform resuscitation on people of all ages
  • Complete a Run – Swim – Run (200m – 200m – 200m) in less than 8 minutes
  • Conduct a board or a tube rescue in the surf zone
  • Communicate using a range of internationally recognised SLS hand signals and radio terminology and technology
  • Members that hold additional qualification such as Advanced Resuscitation, First Aid, Spinal Management and IRB Crew or Drivers also need to show they meet the skills maintenance requirements of these qualifications too

This is a very large undertaking that requires coordination from trainers, assessors, administrators, water safety personnel and active patrolling members to ensure that we can continue to work towards SLSA’s vision of zero preventable deaths in Australian waters.

2019-2020 Proficiency Procedure and Dates

Printable version of 2019-20 Proficiency Procedures [pdf]

SLSA has produced a new app for Assessors to record proficiencies which will ensure that your completed proficiency is automatically stored in SurfGuard.  This new system will reduce our data entry significantly.  Therefore, there are some changes to the proficiency process this season.

If you hold the Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, you will need to upgrade your award to the new Advanced Resuscitation Techniques (AID).  This paperwork has been emailed, and you will need to attend one of the ARTC dates to complete the upgrade and hand in the paperwork.

For all other members and those that hold other awards, you will need to complete the required online learning before arriving for your proficiency.  The eLearning is accessed via the SLSA Members Area.

Proficiency Prerequisites

    1. Navigate to eLearning on the top tool bar
    2. Click Login to eLearning

    3. Click Training Library
    4. Click View Courses underneath SLS Skills Maintenance
      Skills Maintenance Module
    5. Complete for all your required awards

Note: if you exit and return to complete the eLearning later, you will need to choose My Training

  • This must be completed prior to arriving at your proficiency 

Book your Proficiency

  • This season you also need to book your proficiency through the SLS Members Area

    1. While in the eLearning portal click Training Event

    2. Select the date and proficiency you would like to attend on the calendar
    3. Click Enrol – this will automatically add you name to the app and will make registering on the day easier