Skills Maintenance (Proficiencies)

All Club members who hold a Surf Life Saving Australia Award must undergo annual skills maintenance (formerly known as a proficiency).  These checks are necessary to:

  • Ensure ongoing competency of members in their area of training and activities.
  • Maintain the standards of knowledge and expertise of surf life savers.
  • Satisfy legal and statutory requirements.
  • Reinforce and maintain our service commitment to the bathing and beach going community.

A member’s proficiency is valid until 31st December each year unless stated otherwise in Surfguard (ie First Aid (AID) has a three year proficiency requirement, SMBM has no proficiency requirement).  Members who are not proficient as at 31st December are not permitted to patrol, or compete in any SLSA competition, until they have obtained the required proficiency.  Members who have not renewed for the current season by 31st October each year will be archived in Surfguard.

Proficiencies for the 2021/22 Season

The proficiency process for the 2021/22 season will be a little different due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and is outlined in the SLSA Skills Maintenance Requirements for 2021-22 Season and the COVID-19 Information Pack Training and Education

Patrolling members with the Bronze or SRC award have access to the dry proficiency training in their Members Area account.

  1. Log into members area account –
  2. Select ‘eLearning’ from menu
  3. Click ‘Login to eLearning’
  4. Click ‘Training Library’
  5. Click on the ‘SLS Skills Maintenance’ tile,
  6. Click to enrol into the course
  7. If you do not complete the entire course in one sitting, click on ‘My Training’ to resume

The wet proficiency for Bronze and SRC (run-swim-run, board or tube rescue and scenarios) will be completed on patrol, as well as IRB and ART updates.  Patrol Captains will advise their teams when wet proficiency sessions will take place.

Please note that you must be financial for the current season to do your proficiency.