Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club gained 12 new Bronze Medallion holders on Saturday, February 2, after an intensive training regime under new guidelines.
This is the first season in which a new course has been introduced by Surf Life Saving SA (SLSSA).
To qualify for the course, participants must demonstrate that they can swim 400 metres in under nine minutes.
Participants are also required to hold a current First Aid Certificate.
The course comprises an extensive on-line learning module, a practical component involving resuscitation and water rescue techniques, a written exam paper and completion of a Log Book in which participants are required to attend two weekend beach patrols during which several activities need to be signed-off by the Patrol Captain and Chief Instructor.
A final Assessment is then undertaken under the jurisdiction of independent assessors appointed by SLSSA.
Recipients included – Barnaby French, Dougie Scott-Young, John Maitland (trainer), Mallee Brauer, Brayden Miller, Connor Irvin, Tim Cannell, Emma Sirona-MacDonald, Darren Flynn, Jeff Collins (trainer), Toni-Ann Pearce, Tamzin Spooner, Poppie Goldsmith and Lucas Langley.