Course Details

SLS MEMBERS ONLY – Silver Medallion in Aquatic Search and Rescue

Upcoming Courses

NameDateTimeLocationAvailable SpacesCostSingle Enrol


The aim of the Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to participate in search and rescue operations.

Target Audience:


Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:
  • Be at least 16 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • Complete a 400 metre swim in 8 minutes or less in an open water course prior to attending any aquatic part of this course.
  • Hold and be proficient in the SLSA Bronze Medallion Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

Learning Outcomes:

  • PUAWHS002 – Maintain safety at an incident scene
  • PUASAR011- Search as a member of an aquatic search team

Learning Methods:

Special Needs and LLN Reasonable Adjustment

Surf Life Saving SA/NT recognises that students participating in its training courses may have special
needs. These may include but are not limited to students with language‚ literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities. Students with special needs should contact us prior to enrolment to discuss their needs.


Contribute to preparation activities for search and rescue operations
  • Interpret task information
  • Use basic navigational techniques
  • Select appropriate search and rescue equipment
Perform search and rescue of a missing person
  • Identify hazards to self, bystanders and patient at an incident scene
  • Minimise risks
  • Select appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Communicate incident details to relevant personnel at appropriate stages
  • Demonstrate an advanced water entry technique
  • Describe search patterns
  • Operate as a member of a search team
  • Perform retrieval of a submerged object at a depth of 3-5 meters below the surface
  • Participate in a night search operation
Demonstrate recovery and stand down procedures
  • Complete operational documentation
  • Perform equipment recovery, cleaning and maintenance in line with organisational procedures
  • Describe symptoms of operational stress and sources of support
Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios including search and rescue simulation.

Program Benefits:


  • This course includes the following elements:
  • • Introduction to Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • • From Rescue to SAR
  • • Preparing for Operations
  • • Search Operations