Skills Maintenance (Proficiencies)
Skills Maintenance (ProficiencY)
A skills maintenance/proficiency is the theoretical and practical assessment of your skills to determine whether you are still fit to patrol. Most certificates have an annual proficiency, with their completion required before the 31 st December.
Theoretical proficiencies are performed online where you are required to answer multiple choice questions.
Practical proficiencies are held on determined dates at your surf club by accredited assessors and endorsed delegate officers. BHBSLSC provides the following practical skills maintenance;
Surf Rescue Certificate: Demonstration of the primary survey (resuscitation) in several scenarios, knowledge and use of radios, demonstration of signals, an unaided run swim run of 100m legs in <5 minutes, one rescue using a board or tube of a conscious or unconscious patient.
Bronze Medallion: Demonstration of the primary survey (resuscitation) in several scenarios, knowledge and use of radios, demonstration of signals, an unaided run swim run of 200m legs in <8 minutes, one rescue using a board or tube of a conscious or unconscious patient.
Inflatable Rescue Crewman: Demonstrate effective and safe crewing practices; parallel running, figure 8’s, signals, surf negotiation, patient rescue, patient carries.
Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Driver: Demonstrate effective and safe driving practices; parallel running, figure 8’s, signals, surf negotiation, patient rescue, patient carries.
Advanced Resuscitation Techniques: Team scenario of resuscitation using an AED and oxygen supplement, correct knowledge and use of oropharyngeal airways.
Practical component: Sunday the 1st December and Sunday the 8th December: 12-2pm.
If you are unavailable to make either of these days, please organise a time when Sarah Willmot or Suzanne Fairbrother (for SRC, BM and ART), or Graeme Fairbrother (for IRBC, IRBD and ATV) are on patrol and they will be able to conduct your individual proficiency.
Before you attend one of our proficiency days, you must complete your online component. Please be aware that this process has changed - to simplify the process - since last season and you will no longer be using the ‘LSV Member Training from Anywhere’.
Login to your ‘SLS Members Area’ and select ‘eLearning’.
Click login to ‘eLearning Sports and Nippers’. You will then be redirected to the ‘Surf Life Saving eLearning System’.
Click ‘My Training’ and find the ‘SLS – Skills Maintenance 2019/20’ (if you have any additional certificates available, please do not complete them as they are not required).
Select ‘view’, then ‘start course’. You will now be on a page that contains 2 videos; a refresher on signals and a pre-season announcement about the updates that have occurred in SLS over the off season.
After the completion of these videos you will perform a quiz (3 questions) that requires 100% to pass. This year there has only been changes to the Bronze Medallion content. If you have further certificates (e.g. ART or IRB) you do not need to complete any additional online component. You have now completed your online component of your proficiency, please make sure you receive the confirmation email.
Available at our Surf Club: Surf Rescue Certificate, Bronze Medallion, Inflatable Rescue Crewman Certificate, Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Driver, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques.
This year we will be holding ATV inductions on our proficiency days to maximise the ability and safe use of our Can-am. To be eligible you must be over 17 years old and hold a current Driver’s License (minimum provisional).
If you currently hold your certificate in Spinal Management, this is no longer a certified certificate in Tasmania. If you wish, you can investigate gaining your Advanced First Aid Certificate which covers the practice of spinal management.
To maintain proficiency in Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management, you must maintain your proficiency of Bronze Medallion and your respective additional certificate.
If you hold a First Aid certificate, please make sure you attend an update course every 3 years (currently not held through our Surf Club) and perform a CPR proficiency annually.