11 Palermo Cove Secret Harbour


Members enjoy access to free and subsidised training at Secret Harbour SLSC provided by expert trainers.


Members enjoy access to free and subsidised training at Secret Harbour SLSC provided by expert trainers.

Qualified and Experienced

Our trainers are qualified in training, and experienced in surf, first aid and emergency rescue qualifications.

Members should access Team App for training invitations or the Member’s Facebook group for notice of upcoming opportunities. Go to Members’ Hub.

Training is also available for the public. Browse the list below to see which courses you can join or contact us to talk about customised training programs.

For further information contact:

Derry Smith, Director of Education
Email: education@secretharbourslsc.com


This course provides candidates with skills and knowledge of aquatic safety, rescue and survival skill techniques for supervising students participating in activities both in and around various aquatic environments.

  • demonstrate various surf rescues
  • basic first aid skills
  • supervision skills in an open water environment
  • identify potential risks.

The certificate is recognised by the Department of Education and Training water safety guidelines for supervision of children in both open and closed aquatic environments and is suitable for anyone over the age of 13.

The Surf Rescue Certificate is the very first stage of becoming a lifesaver for both youth and adults. Whether you plan to compete in surf sports or simply patrol, there are plenty of opportunities and a variety of challenges within a surf club. For U/13 – U/14’s who participate in senior surf lifesaving competitions, the SRC is a requirement, along with minimum patrol hours to compete at local and state competitions.

To assist your club with community service via patrolling our beaches, develop team building skills, helping with water safety at carnivals and surf club events or for parents to participate in their children’s nipper activities (water safety).

  • Complete a 200m pool swim in under 5 minutes
  • Perform a board and tube rescue of a conscious and unconscious patient
  • Perform basic first aid
  • Perform resuscitation and patient assessment
  • Complete a 100m run, 100m swim, 100m run in under five minutes
  • Communicate on patrol via signals
  • Must be a member of the club

All volunteer surf lifesavers in Western Australia complete their training through their local surf lifesaving club for the Bronze Medallion. This award is open to all members over the age of 15 and involves training in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care, anatomy, and physiology.

The Bronze course is usually run over a period of six to eight weeks, involving both theory and practical sessions. There will be both land and water-based activities included in the training. The final assessment may take place at a centralised location in conjunction with other surf clubs.

  • Must be 15 years of age at the date of assessment
  • 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
  • 200m run, 200m swim, 200 run in under 8 minutes
  • Demonstrate radio operations
  • Demonstrate basic first aid
  • Demonstrate 10 signals
  • Demonstrate lifts and carries
  • Demonstrate board and tube rescues
  • Demonstrate spinal management
  • Demonstrate resuscitation and defibrillation
  • Must be a member of the club

To be able to operate an inflatable rescue boat for our surf club, an IRB award is needed.

Requirements – Crew
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Registered member of the club
Requirements – Driver
  • IRB crew member for a minimum of 1 year
  • Hold recreational skippers ticket (RST)
  • 17 years of age at date of assessment
  • Current Bronze & IRB Crew Proficiency

Our nationally accredited first aid courses include:

  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID010 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTAID009 Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • HLTAID007 Provide Advanced Resuscitation

Participants should be over 14 years of age.

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to assist patients in the self-administration of methoxyflurane via the “green whistle” device.

The aim of the Pain Management Certificate course is to develop the knowledge and skills to administer methoxyflurane analgesia (pain relieving) medication in accordance with SLS protocols and the requirements of state legislation.

Prerequisites – all as listed below
  • be at least 18 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • be a financial member of a SLS club
  • be proficient in the following SLSA award – Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate (or HLTAID015)
  • hold the following units of competency – Provide first aid (HLTAID003 or HLTAID011)

Theory to be completed online prior to attendance through SLSA member portal.


FREE to members

The aim of this course is to develop skills and knowledge to manage life-threatening external bleeding, use oxygen, airway management devices and automated external defibrillators during resuscitation, and to administer oxygen to conscious or unconscious victims.

Current ART (AID) holders are encouraged to attend an upgrade to the ART.

By the end of this course, the candidate should be able to:

  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Manage life-threatening external bleeding
  • Perform primary (DRABCD) and secondary (vital signs) assessment of a victim
  • Perform advanced resuscitation, including use of oxygen equipment, oropharyngeal airways and suction
  • Identify victims suffering from condition(s) where providing oxygen would be beneficial
  • Communicate details of an incident
  • Complete documentation
  • Evaluate an incident and your own performance
  • Identify possible psychological impacts of first aid incidents and how to seek help
  • Restore equipment ready for use.
  • Completion online learning and assessment prior to attending practical
  • Completion of the ART workbook
  • Practical scenarios
Course prerequisites
  • Be at least 15 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • Participants must hold a current unit of competency HLTAID011 Provide First Aid or HLTAID003

Become a technical official and assist the club with meeting requirements for carnivals and competitions. Gain a front row seat to all the action!

The course involves completing an online component available from the members portal and attending 3 carnivals to be mentored by other WA officials.

Members should visit the SLS Members Area to read the manual and begin online content.

Course prerequisites
  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Proficient in Bronze Medallion or have held Bronze Medallion and proficient in a surf award
Course prerequisites
  • Minimum 10 years of age on the date of final assessment
Course prerequisites
  • Minimum of 13 years of age to commence training
Course prerequisites
  • A current financial member of a surf lifesaving club affiliated with Surf Life Saving WA
  • Minimum 16 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • Before you can train in an award, you must be proficient in the award in which you wish to deliver training and be endorsed as a trainer in that award by your state.
Course prerequisites
  • A current financial member of a surf lifesaving club affiliated with Surf Life Saving WA
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Have held the Training Officer Certificate for at least one season

To complete the gold medallion you will need to have the following and be able to complete the following requirements and be proficient in all of the following awards:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
  • Apply First Aid
  • Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management

If any of these award proficiencies lapse during the season, even after successful completion of the Gold Medallion, then the member will become non-proficient in the Gold Medallion.

Pool Swim

The member must complete an 800m swim in 14 minutes or less in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres. The pool swim must be completed before any other component of the Gold Medallion skills maintenance check.

Mission Test

The distance will be 400m swim, 800m run, 400m board paddle, and 800m run in 25 minutes or less.

The run distance is to be taken from waist deep water, for example the run is from a flag, around a marker and to waist deep water, while the aquatic components are from waist deep water around two swimming buoys and back to waist deep water. The preferred aquatic course is around two swimming buoys.


Demonstrate a board and tube rescue according to SLSA operating procedures in the current Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual.

  • Tube Rescue: Complete a tube rescue of a patient 100 metres out to sea and return. Member should use swim fins during this rescue.
  • Board Rescue: Complete a board rescue of a patient 200 metres out to sea and return.
Complex Rescue Scenario (may include one of the rescues above)

Demonstrate a complex rescue scenario as set by the Assessor according to the SLSA operational procedures in the current Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue Training Manual.

The rescue must assess the following events:

  • Negotiating the surf zone
  • Securing the patient/s
  • Returning to shore without losing the patient/s
  • Calling for assistance
  • Performing emergency care as required by the patient/s