Bronze Medallion

If you’re 15 years or above and looking to get started as a lifesaver this is the award for you! Prospective lifesavers below the age of 15 can start with their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) which is an award similar to the bronze minus a few units (see information below).


The bronze medallion is an all-rounder award which equips you with all the basics required to become a successful lifesaver. Wye River runs a Bronze Camp every year over the New Year period. In this hands on, action packed and fun week topics include:

  • Rescue techniques (both with and without rescue equipment)
  • First aid 
  • Resuscitation (defibrillation and oxygen are also introduced)
  • Tows & carries
  • Basic OH&S (including how to be sunsmart)
  • Radio operation and communication skills
  • Swimming and paddling techniques
  • Inflatable rescue boat (introduction)
  • Beach and RIP types and dangers
  • Scanning and profiling techniques and many more skills

…among many other topics too numerous and interesting to list. The only requirement for the bronze medallion is that you be able to swim! Before commencing their bronze, participants must be able to complete a 400 metre pool swim in no more than 9 minutes. SRC participants must complete a 200 metre pool/open water swim in no more than 5 minutes. That's it!


This year the dates are from 4 - 10 January 2021. The open water swim will be held at Wye River on 2 or 3 January 2021.  If you are interested in obtaining your Bronze Medallion or your SRC you can register by emailing our chief instructors 


A document containing all the relevant information is here


A separate bronze camp is also usually run in the first week of December every year for the students of Colac Secondary College.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this camp will not run in 2020. 



4 - 10 January 2021


The Surf Rescue Certificate is for members under 15 years of age and in 2020/2021 it will be run in conjunction with the bronze award.


A document containing all the relevant information is here


For any further information on these awards or any other award contact the Chief Instructors at the email above.