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.


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 30 December 2018 to 5 January 2019. The open water swim will be held at tWye River on 30 December 2018.  If you are interested in obtaining your Bronze Medallion or your SRC you can register by emailing Ben Wilson at 


There are only two costs involved:



While you're on the camp you're free to stay at the bunkhouse (food not included) or organise separate accommodation.


A separate bronze camp is also run in the first week of December every year for the students of Colac Secondary College. This camp is generally at capacity every year however if you're unable to make the summer camp above feel free to email and we may be able to fit you in!


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