In the world of surf lifesaving there is nothing more important than education, it is the driving force behind everything we do. From your Bronze Medallion (Cert. II in Aquatic Rescue), which is the basic level for all lifesavers, to the Gold Medallion which is recognised the world over and is the highest training for a lifesaver, and all the specialties in between.

No matter what area you choose to immerse yourself in, whether it is Patrolling, Competing, Managing or Instructing there are courses available to ensure that you have the best training available, so you can enter the surf in a comfortable and assured way.

The Education Team at Cooks Hill are all volunteers. They are responsible for training held at the club.

If you would like more information in regard to Education or to enquire about future course dates, please email Ros Sklavos, Director of Education at

Awards you can achieve

Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) from 13 years

Covers the knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in basic lifesaving operations.

For more information on the SRC, please click here

Lifesaving Award (Bronze Medallion)

Combining – Bronze Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (ARTC), Applied First Aid, Radio Operators, Spinal Management and IRB Crew.

Click here for more information.

  • Members wishing to renew their First Aid skills can do so by attending the course component within the Bronze Medallion course. This is typically run over two evenings and costs $95.
Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crewperson

Covers with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an IRB in surf rescue operations.  Click here for more information on the course.

Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Driver

Covers the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an IRB in surf rescue operations. Click here for more information on the course.

Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management

The Silver Medallion Beach Management provides participants with the skills, knowledge and experience required to manage a lifesaving team.  Click here for more information

Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue

Covers the skills and knowledge to participate in search and rescue operations. Click here to find out more

Gold Medallion

A Gold Medallion Lifesaver has the advanced skills needed to rescue and provide emergency care – alone if necessary. For more information on this course, click here.