Life Saving

At Somerton SLSC, we take life saving very seriously. Our members have many opportunities to further their skills or pass on their lifesaving knowledge to others.

Patrolling at Somerton involves a couple of days a month during the life saving season. Somerton SLSC is responsible for patrolling the area of beach and water from the Brighton Jetty (King Street) to the Broadway, Glenelg South, on weekend and public holiday afternoons between October and April.

Patrols are a great way to spend time at the beach, and do not require too much work, only vigilance. A patrol group consists of around 12-15 people, including a captain and vice-captain responsible for leading the patrol.

Surf Life Saving Qualifications

Once you are a Somerton member, there are a number of qualifications you can gain, starting with the Bronze Medallion, which is the prerequisite for all patrolling and competing members. If you’re aged between 13 and 15 years, you can do the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC), which is a stepping stone to the Bronze Medallion and allows you to join a patrol group.

Our key courses are listed below. Our Chief Instructor will let club members know of any other courses as they become available. To make sure you’re always up to date, please keep your SLSSA Members’ Area details up to date and check the Somerton Facebook page regularly.

For more information about any of our qualifications or courses, please email our Chief Instructor at: somertonci@gmail.com

 

Bronze Medallion

Do you want to get involved in patrolling, as well as gaining a range of transferrable skills? The first step is the Bronze Medallion.

Pre requisites

  • You must be at least 15 years of age
  • You must have current Provide First Aid Certificate. Courses are run through Surf Life Saving SA State Centre – Check out this link to book into a course: http://bit.do/SLScourses
  • You must be able to swim 400 in under nine minutes (timed swim)

Fitness level required

  • You need to be fit enough to complete the swimming, boarding, treading water and rescue activity involved during your training sessions.

Time commitment

  • You’ll need to commit to at least eight weeks of training. This may be once or twice per week (once each course group and trainer is organised, this can be negotiated).
  • There will be two assessment weekends. The first is by a club assessor to make sure you are ready for assessment and prepare you for the ‘real deal’. The next is the formal assessment.

What to expect

Upon enrolling into the course, you will receive a workbook and manual. If you can, complete as much as you can of the workbook before your course begins. If there are any areas where you need help, your trainer will help you with those. You must answer each section correctly before your assessment.

After you pass your assessment, you will be added to either the patrol roster or water cover roster for Nippers.

 

IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Crew

Gaining your IRB Crew award is a fun and exciting experience! Learning the basics of how IRBs work, patrolling on the water and being able to get driven around and save people in a new way, is an awesome way to learn new skills and continue gaining knowledge through surf.

Pre requisites

  • You must hold a current Bronze Medallion qualification

Time commitment

  • This short course normally runs over two to four days, days spread over a week or two.
  • There will be two assessment weekends. The first is by a club assessor to make sure you are ready for assessment and prepare you for the ‘real deal’. The next is the formal assessment.

What to expect

Upon enrolling into the course, you will receive a workbook. Please complete as much as you can of the workbook before your course begins. If there are any areas where you need help, your trainer will help you with those. You must answer each section correctly before your assessment.

The course involves learning the basics of how the IRBs run and work, plus how to rescue patients using the boat. It also covers learning to listen to your drivers’ instructions and responding immediately, manoeuvring around the boat, as well as the correct crew position in and around the boat.

 

ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) Operator

The ATV – or “rhino” – is an important piece of equipment for patrols at Somerton. It is used to help monitor the beach during patrols, as well as for transporting heavy equipment and water craft between the clubhouse and the beach.  

If you’d like to learn to drive the ATV, you must complete the ATV Operator course.

Club members who are 17 years or over and have a current, valid South Australian drivers licence can take the course, which covers:

  • How to correctly use and drive the rhino; and
  • Maintenance and upkeep, so the rhino is always ready and operational to help in emergencies.

For more information on ATV courses, please email somertonci@gmail.com