At Somerton SLSC lifesaving is taken very seriously. Members are given many opportunities to further their skills or pass on their lifesaving knowledge to others.
Apply First Aid is a prerequisite to gaining your Bronze Medallion at Somerton. Apply First Aid courses are run regularly by SLSSA at their State Centre facility at West Beach. Once Apply First Aid is achieved, new members are placed into a bronze medallion group. This provides a great opportunity to learn new skills while meeting other new members. The bronze medallion is the initial surf life saving qualification that a person can gain. It is also a pre-requisite for patrolling. The bronze medallion consists of lifesaving theory, practical lifesaving techniques, and physical aspects. This award needs to be renewed each year at the commencement of the season by performing a number of proficiencies.
After the bronze medallion is attained, there are many other awards that can be achieved. The achievement of more awards is highly encouraged by the club.
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 March.
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.