Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club is preparing for the beach season.

Those keen on helping beachgoers stay safe this season at ‘The Spray’ are being encouraged to become a qualified surf life saver.

Seaspray Surf Club is holding a week-long camp at Seaspray from December 10 to 16 to give participants the skills and knowledge they need to participate in surf life saving patrol operations in a fun, supportive team environment.

The Bronze Medallion is the core award required to be a surf life saver in Australia. It provides training in areas including radio communications, surf rescue techniques, first aid and CPR.

To get your Bronze, you need to be at least 15-years-old by December 16, 2023, become a surf club member and be able to swim 400 metres in nine minutes or less.

Additionally, the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) will be held on December 11, 12, 13 and 16.

The SRC provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge in aquatic rescue operations, surf awareness, basic first aid and CPR.

Participants also learn how to use surf life saving equipment, including rescue boards, enabling young members to take part in patrols.

Those who successfully complete their SRC are considered water safety personnel or cadet surf life savers and continue to learn alongside more experienced patrol members.

Anyone who wants to compete in rescue board events at state-level surf life saving carnivals must hold their SRC.

To take part in the course, participants must be aged 13 years on the final day of assessment, and be able to complete a 200m pool swim in under five minutes.

The SRC provides a useful stepping stone for those who want to progress to get their Bronze Medallion when they are 15 or older.

If you or your child is interested or has any questions about either the Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion, phone James Robbins on 0476 168 060 or email clubcaptain@seaspraysurfclub.org.au or Lachy Andrews on chiefinstructor@seaspraysurfclub.org.au or phone 0432 597 038.

For more information, visit seaspraysurfclub.org.au