SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue
To establish a standard that creates a level of competence in Life Saving that meets the requirements of the surf coach and enables more location and job specific training and assessment. Surf coaching requires a 1:10 ratio and so most surf coaches will be operating on their own and will need to have life saving skills to deal with situations without immediate assistance.
This is a suitable alternative to having a full lifeguard award to accommodate your ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Award. One can not apply for lifeguard jobs nationally or internationally with this qualification.
- Minimum of 16 years of age on date of assessment.
- Able to perform a continuous swim for a minimum of 200 metres in a pool.
- Medically and physically fit.
24 months from the date of the assessment. Subsequent proficiency tests may be completed to maintain status.
1. Fitness Test & Releases
- Complete a swim of 200 metres in the sea, attacking the surf on entry.
- Complete a 200 metre run in under one minute.
- Demonstrate effectively two releases with appropriate management of the situation.
2. Life Saving Skills, Rescue & Knowledge
Demonstrate effectively the ability to carry out the following:
- Board rescue of unconscious casualty 150 metres from the shore using either a rescue board or a surfboard of 8ft minimum length.
- Demonstrate a free swim rescue and tow of casualty without rescue aids at a minimum of 50 metres’ swimming distance from the shore.
- Demonstrate management of suspected spinal injury to casualty in the surf zone using public/surf school students to assist.
- Understand and demonstrate knowledge of Lifeguard signals and flags.
- Demonstrate aftercare of conscious and unconscious casualty.
3. Life Support
4. First Aid
Complete the syllabus for the assessment. The qualification can be Trainer assessed.