Skills Maintenance (Proficiency) is an annual requirement to:
- Ensure ongoing competency of members in their area of training and activities.
- Maintain the standards of knowledge and expertise of Surf Lifesavers.
- Satisfy legal and statutory requirements.
A member’s proficiency is valid until 31 December the season after proficiency is gained. The cut-off point is June 30. For example, if a member gains proficiency in September 2017, it is valid until 31 December 2018. If a member gained proficiency in February 2017 it is only valid until 31 December 2017. If a member gains proficiency on 15 July 2017 it is valid until 31 December 2018.
Provide First Aid has a three year proficiency requirement.
Information regarding Skills Maintenance (Proficiency) is emailed to all patrolling members well in advance of the cut-off date to ensure all members have a reasonable opportunity to attend. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure they book into a session.
Bronze Medallion Dry Skills Maintenance consists of resuscitation with oxygen and defibrillation, signals and radio. Bookings are essential.
Bronze Medallion Wet Skills Maintenance consists of a Run-Swim-Run (200m, 200m, 200m) unaided in less than 8 minutes, a board or tube rescue (your
choice) and spinal management. Bookings are not required.
Spinal Management Skills Maintenance is incorporated in the bronze WET sessions.
IRB Skills Maintenance is held at patrol changeover times during the first round of patrols, conditions permitting. Any questions re IRB skills maintenance, contact our IRB Captain at [email protected].
Failure to complete Skills Maintenance (Proficiency) before 31 December results in suspension from your patrol team and an immediate restriction to member benefits. Non-proficient members may not perform patrols, operate rescue craft or compete in Surf Life Saving competitions. Non-proficient members will have their club keys disabled.