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Memorandum01_17_18Oct 2017  PSAR Training Manual Up-dates:

The above memorandum contains a table that details the changes to the PSAR training manual that will be visible in the Oct 2017 reprint version which has arrived in our warehouse.  


It has been uploaded to the member's area library and released as an announcement on the member’s area news page in preparation for when we sell out of the current reprint version. Our webstore administrator will be arranging for the warehouse to include a copy of this memorandum in each new Oct 2017 reprint version of the training manual that is sold.

These changes are also marked as updated in the PSAR Manual 34th Ed Feedback file that is available for you to view and contribute to at any time within the SLS State/Territory Share folder (refer to the Bronze Medallion/SRC Resource share folder containing the BM and SRC resources from each state/territory that have been uploaded).

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions on the subject.

National ICT Circular 45/17-18

Please check this out through Members Portal


On line learning continues to increase in usage, both for courses and Skills Maintenance.

DRAFT Education Calendar

Included are dates for other Branch activities such as carnival, gear inspection and also added is space for Club Proficiency dates. Please let me know of your provisional dates so they can be added to the calendar.

BM/Cert II

A reminder – a member without a Certificate II in Public Safety/ Aquatic Rescue cannot patrol or compete until they complete a full in depth proficiency in their Bronze Medallion. Please check the chart detailing all areas to be covered for in depth proficiencies in SLSA awards.

Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid

A successful course was conducted with 11 participants from NC Branch completing the award at Coffs Harbour. Congratulations to all. There will be another SMAFA conducted in the Branch as per the Education Calendar when it is adopted.

Education Calendar

To be adopted by the February Branch meeting. This includes the SLSNSW Training Officer Certificate for 2019. Start identifying those willing to participate to assist their club spread the load of training in surf awards.

Sue Neil

Director of Education

Education Report December 2017

It has been confirmed that existing SRC holders can up-skill to the Radio Operators Certificate at no cost for the certificate.

Please have clubs deliver the Radio course using the stand alone Radio Operator Certificate Learner Guide and Assessment Portfolio, plus other normal SLSNSW Member documentation/paperwork. That means evidence of portfolio completion must be provided.

Then create a New Assessment Request for the award Radio Operator Certificate and include in the Comments Box "SRC Upgrade. No charge for the certificate".

Circular 63 16_17

Please read this circular on SLSA website through your Members Portal.

 This Circular outlines changes to the following SLSA awards which were reviewed during the 2016/17 season as part of the scheduled review process:

  1. Pain Management Certificate
  2. Spinal Management Certificate
  3. Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
  4. Age Managers
  5. Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid
  6. Surf Rescue Certificate

This is for information purposes only, and Clubs/Branches should check with their State for local requirements as these may differ.

North Coast Branch will be offering some of these courses early in 2018. An Education Calendar will be formalised and sent to all club CTOs for sharing with their members.

Reminder to check the latest Awards and Qualifications Chart that was sent recently, it is also available on the SLSNSW website.

Patrol Captains Procedures guide flip book – this is available on the SLS website for reference by existing and new Patrol Captains. Please ensure you pass this onto your Patrol Captains.

Circular 33 17_18:  IRB Crew concurrent with Bronze Medallion training. Please refer to this circular on SLS website. This has been endorsed by SLSA. Age and need to have the BM/Cert II is still a requirement.

USI number - all member training is still exempt from having to record the personal Unique Student Identifier. Advice will be given when the exemption expires.

Confusion explained – ATV and the new terminology of Side by Side, both are one in the same.  The SSV Operator Induction award will be introduced next season and information will be included in the Preseason meeting, following discussion at the 2018 Combined Portfolio Conference.  

Notification will be forwarded in the New Year for attendance at the courses that have been reviewed so that members are up to date in their awards.

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Christmas.

Sue Neil

Director of Education

Education November 2017

As of 13th November all items in Surfguard have been processed at Branch level, except those requiring attention as notified.




  • Latest Awards & Qualifications Chart has been sent to all trainers, assessors and facilitators. Please ensure they are displayed in your club house for all members to access.
  • Circular 30/17-18 provides an overview of the changes made to the SLSA Side-by-Side Vehicle (SSV) Induction
  • Age Group Evaluations: Circular 29/17-18 which has been uploaded to the Members Portal. The circular provides an overview of the changes made to the different age group preliminary evaluations and competition evaluations which have been reviewed and released for the upcoming season.


that Bulk Proficiency application in Surfguard may be used for proficiencies

don’t forget that delegates in club proficiencies must be listed in club minutes.

Skills Maintenance, on line/verbal/written must be completed prior & presented at the proficiency day

SRC assessment is at Coffs Harbour on Saturday 2nd December, 9.00am for those candidates ready for assessment. Assessors required. Ensure Form 14s are created at club level please and bring 2 copies to the assessment.

                First Aid(AID) is the latest first aid award and superseded Apply(Senior)First Aid

                Please check the Volunteers Education Handbook for the application to run an assessment. Don’t forget, CTOs have access to e trainu to monitor candidates’ progress in on line courses prior to assessment date. On line learning can be blended in with face to face training. If you have any queries, then please ask me.

ART(AID) is the latest but members only need to up-date if they wish to train and/or assess this award. ARTC is still current.

Assessors Needed for –

Minnie Water Wooli, 26th November, 9.00am at Minnie Water. SRC, Radio, BM/Cert II, IRC Crew and SMIRB Driver

Woolgoolga, 9th December, 9.00am at Woolgoolga. BM/Cert II

Sue Neil

Director of Education

Good afternoon Everyone,

Recently SLSA has released and uploaded a new Circular about the replacing of the ATV Induction award with the SSV Operator Induction award.  That is: Circular 30 17_18 SLSA Side-by-Side (SSV) Operator Induction Guide.

This has caused some confusion and we (SLSNSW) have followed this up with SLSA. Please see below Hayley’s reply and assistance that has been given to help resolve this issue for this season.

The SSV Operator Induction award will be introduced next season and information will be included in the Preseason meeting, following discussion at the 2018 Combined Portfolio Conference.  

This is the email from Hayley:

Hello Everyone,

Following feedback from SLSNSW, both the ATV Induction and the SSV Induction awards will be active in SurfGuard this 2017/18 season.

Members can do either induction this season.

Copies of the ATV induction checklist can still be obtained upon request from state/territory centres and the new SSV Induction Guide containing the SSV Induction can be found in the Members Area Library.

Next season (2018/19), the ATV induction award will be archived as we switch to the SSV induction award to align with the SLSA change in terminology from All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to Side-by-Side Vehicle (SSV).

Thanks again for continuing to provide constructive feedback to the benefit of members and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any further questions.

Hope this explains after last night's discussion.



Sue Neil

Director of Education

Education Report October 2017

Memo RMS ATV Registration

This covers all that is required to obtain the necessary registration of your ATV, please ensure that the appropriate person within your

club is made aware

Memo Surf Boat Rowing Between Sunset and Sunrise.

Please make sure all your Boaties are aware of these requirements.

Training Officer Course

An email was sent regarding this to CTOs. Information is contained in Club Mail of 13th October. Names to me.  

SLSA Members Area.

Helpful items to assist you with this area of the system.

a] SLSA IT system user account application form [attached.] Necessary for new users of various sections of the IT systems and having your accounts updated.

 b] SLSA Admin User Guide.

    A must for all CTO’s that have their award candidates complete the online components, gives them the ability to see what they have or have not completed.

Trainer/Assessor/Facilitator Re-Endorsement.

Under the current system it is not necessary for TAF’s to complete the old paper form, however you must first check the expiry date of your award and if it expires 31/12/2017 you will need to take the action contained in the “smart form”. For those that did not attend the Pre-season Education meeting you will need to listen to the “Recorded Webinar” on all updates and what is new for the 2017-2018 season, this can be found by,

1] via the SLSNSW web site  > 2] Club and members resources  >  3]  Training updates and FAQs  > 4] the 2017-2018 education pre-season updates,  click on this and enjoy.

 TAF Re-endorsement: Members Area Smart Form

To re-endorse for your TAF awards, please log in to your Members Area account and follow these instructions:

After logging in to your Members Area account:

  1. Select the ‘My Forms’ Tab.
  2. Under the heading ‘Apply for:’ in the ‘Form Type*:’ drop down menu select ‘SLSA Education
  3. Select ‘TAF Re-endorsement’.
  4. Click the ‘Apply’ button.
  5. On the left side of screen, select your name in the drop down menu (if required).
  6. On the right side of screen, check and/or select that your primary Club/Organisation is showing in the ‘Originating Club*:’ drop down menu.
  7. Click on the ‘Show awards’ button.
  8. Select the awards that you are applying to be re-endorsed for.
  9. Currency’ – select the appropriate box or boxes indicating the meeting(s) you have attended.
  10. You will then see a list of awards you have assisted with as a TAF over the last 2 seasons.
  11. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, read the ‘Declaration’ and then click the ‘Submit’ button.


ARTC and ART awards

These awards are being replaced by the new ART(AID)

If your members have the ARC, they will need to enrol in the full ART(AID) course

If y our members have ARTC, they will only need to complete the assessments in the new ART(AID) course.

SRC to BM Transition

As you may know, SLSA have updated the attached bulletin regarding the transition (RPL) process from SRC to Bronze. We have heard some negative feedback about the process as written, some first hand and some third hand. Following on from this bulletin being updated, SLSA have also included the below information as a pop-up on the Bronze e-learning course. See this pop up on BM eLearning site.

Due to the negative feedback that we have received, we have been lobbying SLSA to remove the referral to the bulletin to avoid unnecessary confusion at a local level. To support our request for it to be removed, would you mind taking 5 minutes to get back to me in response to the following questions:

  1. Are you using the process as written in the bulletin in your Branch?
  2. If you are not using the process as written, what process are you using?
  3. What are the potential impacts of candidates being referred directly to the bulletin via the e-learning in your Branch?

Thanks all - we're more than happy to keep pushing back against this if it is in the interests of members in NSW, but likewise happy to drop it if we have misunderstood and this is in fact working for the majority!

NOTE: Copy hyperlinks into your search engine for further information.

Sue Neil

Director of Education

North Coast Branch

Education Report – August

Oxy Vivas –please bring to August meeting for servicing

Pre- Season Meeting – this is part of the Re Endorsement process. To be held on 20th August at Sawtell Surf Club from 9.30 am. Optional Breakfast from 8.30 a.m. & must be pre ordered by 14th August, Cost is covered by Branch and State as per Invitation. Proficiency Work Cards will be available for each club.


First aid (AID) – All TAFs have ben re accredited.

Bronze Medallion/Cert II – All patrolling members must have Cert II to actually patrol. This only affects former members returning and clubs involved are aware of those needing to complete the Cert II paperwork and have already spoken to individuals.

Surfguard – format changed, you will also be able to check your awards expiry through your Members Portal

Skills Maintenance is active now on line. Can also be completed verbally or written if difficulty with internet access.

Resources – both ARTC and SMAFA are now available online. These online courses complement the latest editions of the ARTC and SMAFA resources available in the SLSA Members Portal. Their outline follows the face-to-face lesson plans in the Delivery and Assessment Guides in a similar fashion to the PowerPoint presentations. It has been a winding road to get here with many unforeseeable developments along the way (e.g., SLSA approval of inhalo oxygen equipment for use. Please login to your eLearning account via the new look SLSA members portal to take a look, and happy as always to take on board feedback as part of the continuous review and improvement of SLSA educational resources.

AGE MANAGER ON LINE COURSE -In response to feedback received, the forms at the back of the Age Managers Assessment Portfolio are now available in a separate ‘Age Managers Online Course Competency Record v1.0 July 2017’ for members who answer the review questions when completing the online course. Rather than having to sift through the face-to-face training pages containing the same review questions they’ve completed in their final quiz, online course participants can easily download the relative forms they need to take to the beach for their technical and mentoring sessions. Alternatively they can also simply rip out the last 2 pages to return to their club’s Junior Activities Committee. The competency record is exactly the same as the Assessment Portfolio except with the Age Manager Review questions removed and the Cover page’s intro sentence updated to reference the online course: ‘This competency record details the evidence you are required to submit to your age manager mentor (third-party) after completing the online SLSA Age Managers course.‘  An announcement will be made shortly in the members’ portal to let our members know that they have this resource available to complement the online course.  As per the acknowledgements page of the Age Managers Learner Guide, all resources developed by SLSA are reviewed regularly and updated as required.

Sue Neil

Director of Education


SLSNSW Combined Conference.

Is on again in Sydney on 26th/27th/28th May 2017, so if anybody has any Education items that you would like me to have put on the agenda please have them to me ASAP so that they can be conveyed to SLSNSW for inclusion.

SLSA Circular 47/16-17 Asthma Guideline Changes

All Trainers/Assessors/Facilitators within your club should be made aware of this circular to ensure that the current method is used in all training of relevant awards.

There are current reviews of Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid, Pain Management and Age Manager courses, I anticipate being able to provide latest information from May.

In relation to the Age Manager Course - I would like to meet with your club Age Managers at the start of the 2017/18 season to explain the completion of the on line and third party sign off.

Educheck – 2017 is the bi annual completion of this document for the Branch. Clubs will complete their Educheck in 2018.

Branch Courses – the calendar is on the Branch website. Candidates register and an alert comes to club Chief Training Officer of their participation.

Awards of Excellence – clubs are reminded to nominate Trainers and Assessors for the Branch awards of Excellence

Pre- Season Meeting - the date has been set at Sunday 20th August, Sawtell. Please Save The Date as this is part of your re-endorsement.

I have attached a chart in relation to the required paperwork for all courses for your reference.

Sue Neil

Director of Education

 Course and Assessment Paperwork Requirements

A guide to paperwork required for courses, listing documents for all courses and specific courses


Participant Joining Instructions

Training Course Report

Training Enrolment Form, for each participant

Participant Evaluation of course, for each participant

If required:

Assessment Feedback Form – only for NYC


COURSE SPECIFIC, In addition to above forms


Final Assessor sign off for each participant– Evidence of Theory Component

BM/Cert II

Final Assessor sign off for each participant – Evidence of Theory Component

Radio Operator

Assessment Portfolio sign off

IRB Crew

Assessment Portfolio – Log of Training Hours

                                         -Theory Assessment

                                      -Observation Checklists 1 & 2


Proof of Maritime Boat Licence OR Completed Pre-Course Workbook    

Assessment Portfolio – Training Log

-          Written Questions

-          Observation Checklists 1 & 2                                  


Assessment Portfolio

First Aid (AID)

Certificate of On line Completion OR Pre Course Workbook and

Assessment Portfolio


Assessment Portfolio – Assessor to view completed Workbook and confirm                 on Assessment Portfolio. Assessment Task 2 and Logs used in practical assessment to be submitted also.

Print out Completion of On Line Pre Course Work

Spinal Management

Assessment Portfolio


Assessment Portfolio

Completion of Pre Course Workbook OR On line Task 1 & 2


Please Note: Include in the Participant Joining Instructions - Proficiency/Skills Maintenance at SPECIFIC TIMES:

E.G. BM/Cert II every year, First Aid (AID) within 3 years, CPR every year


North Coast Branch EDUCATION CALENDAR 2017






Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue

16 years

Bronze/Cert II

30th September

14/15th October

6pm Fri night

8am Sat – 6pm

Urunga, to be confirmed

Spinal Management

15 years

ONE of the following:

  • Bronze/Cert II
  • First Aid (AID)


Pain Management

18 years

  • First Aid(AID)
  • ART(AID)


Gold Medallion

17 years

  • Bronze/Cert II
  • First Aid (AID)
  • SMBM
  • ART (AID)
  • Spinal Management


Under 14 CAMP


11/12th November, Coffs Coast Adventure Centre, Bonville

SRC/BM Assessment


2nd December




Assessor Cert



Pre-season Meeting


20th August


Gear Inspection


26/27th August



Contact club CTO for further information about the following courses:


-          Short course SRC to Bronze Medallion/Cert II, intensive in 1st week of September school holidays


Offering IRB Crew during April


Offering IRB Crew/ Drivers & Bronze. See enrollment page.


Silver Medallion IRB Driver in March between State and Aussi Titles


  1. Answer re ART (AID): It is a Facilitated course. Course can be trained by a Trainer ART (AID) and assessed by an Assessor ART (AID) with a Facilitator ART (AID). Therefore, cannot be run as an in house course.
  2. Notification of Assessments : Please refer to Page 17 of the ACADEMY VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK for the time line/flow chart requirements
  3. Silver Medallion Beach Management: It was suggested that local Council Rules and By Laws would be added to the content.
  4. ARTC to ART (AID) need only do written questions and practical assessment
  5. Apply (Senior) First Aid to First Aid (AID) need to complete the whole course.

Thank you

Sue Neil

17th February 2017.


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