Bronze Camp

Should I apply for Bronze Camp?

  • Have you always wanted to become a surf lifesaver?
  • Do you want to stand proudly on the beach and vigilantly keep an eye on the swimmers in the water?
  • Do you want to give something significant back to your local community?

If you think this is you, then you should join us on the Portsea SLSC’s Bronze Medallion Camp 2020. As well as learning valuable skills that may one day save a life, it’s also a fun week in the sun, surf and sand with like-minded people!

The Bronze Camp has traditionally been a week long, live-in camp, where participants train for their Bronze Medallion. At the end of the Camp, “Bronzies” are tested on their knowledge and physical abilities in areas including first aid, life support, surf knowledge, signals and surf lifesaving techniques. The successful demonstration of all these skills will earn candidates their Bronze Medallion and the right to call yourself a “Qualified Surf Lifesaver”.

Having earned your Bronze Medallion, you will be assigned to a designated Patrol and make a commitment to Portsea SLSC that you will come down and attend ALL your rostered patrols to ensure that Portsea is able to safely patrol one of the toughest beaches in Australia and maintain its record of “NO LIVES LOST ON A PATROLLED BEACH SINCE 1949.”

Becoming a volunteer lifesaver is a rewarding experience, you learn leadership, decision making and responsibility. Every Active Member of Portsea loves the beach and has plenty of fun hanging out at the Club. There is a serious side to becoming a surf lifesaver. So before signing up for Bronze Camp, ask yourself “AM I PREPARED TO FULFIL THE COMMITMENT THAT COMES WITH THE BRONZE MEDALLION?” If the answer to this question is “YES” then we would love to have you.

What will I learn on Bronze Camp?

A combination of theory and practical work:

  • Surf Awareness
  • Surf Skills
  • Surf Rescue Skills
  • Patrol Operations
  • Emergency Care
  • Basic First Aid
  • Resuscitation
  • Defibrillation
  • Radio Operations and other communications
  • IRB Awareness

Camp Details

Bronze Camp in 2020 will comprise a day-only camp. Each day will run between 8am-4pm. 

Specific Bronze Camp details will be communicated directly with all successful Bronze candidates. 


Bronze Camp 1 Bronze Camp 2
  • 13th December 2020
  • 14th December 2020
  • 15th December 2020
  • 16th December 2020
  • 18th December 2020
  • 19th December 2020
  • 20th December 2020
  • 21st December 2020

N.B. Candidates must be 15 year of age on or by the 21st December 2020.

Trial Swim

It is a requirement of Surf Lifesaving Australia that all Bronze Candidates are able to successfully complete a 400m freestyle swim, within 9 minutes. All those interested in the Camp should make themselves available (accompanied by a parent if possible) for the Bronze Camp Trial Swim and Information session.

  • Location and Date: TBC

Candidates are able to leave once they have completed their swim

We understand that this is a very busy time for all interested parties with school presentations and some candidates finishing their time at respective school rural campuses. If successful on camp, and it is not feasible to attend the trial swim, the swim will have to be conducted under the supervision of a ASCTA/Austswim qualified representative and parents will need to sign a waiver for their place to be confirmed on camp.


The Portsea Bronze Camp is an extremely popular program and is heavily oversubscribed each year. Contrary to belief, this is not completely a ‘first come, first serve’ process. Preference has to be given to those who have previously participated in the Portsea SLSC Cadet program, and who show a commitment to the Surf Life Saving movement.

Golden Ticket

Golden Tickets are awarded to candidates that completed Portsea Cadet Camp in 2019 and showed a commitment to the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club. It was commenced to ensure we use our resources, and limited Bronze Camp positions to educate candidates who show a genuine interest in Surf Life Saving, patrolling and the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club. Participants attitudes and overall enthusiasm will also be considered when assessing golden ticket eligibility. Golden Ticket holders will be given priority registration for camp.

More information concerning the Golden Ticket eligibility criteria can be found here: Golden Ticket

If there was a legitimate reason as to why you did not fulfil the Golden Ticket requirements, or you think there has been an admin error, you must complete the special consideration form.

Special Consideration Form

Application Process for Bronze Camp 2020

Bronze Camp applications will open later in the year. Please note that there are separate registration days for Golden Ticket Holders and Non Golden Ticket Holders. Please read carefully below for instructions on the signup date and process applicable to you.

We aim to be as fair and as efficient as possible, and your patience during this process is greatly appreciated. Final confirmation of your Bronze Camp place is secured after the trial swim.


Application date: 9:00AM Monday 5th October 2020

All golden ticket holders that register within this timeframe will be guaranteed a spot on camp (subject to the trial swim) so please do not rush to fill out the lengthy application form; all of the details are important to us. If you fail to register during this 10 hour window, you will have to register with the Non Golden Ticket holders and your place on Bronze Camp will not be guaranteed.

Please have the following information ready to fill out the application form:

  • Medicare number
  • Date of last tetanus injection
  • Information on any medications/allergies
  • Family doctor contact details
  • Credit card for payment


Application date: 8:30AM Monday 12th October 2020

This is a first-in best-dressed process. The registration will close when the program is full. For your information, if you lodge your application before this time, (ie. During the Golden Ticket Holder priority period) your application will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list, or discarded completely.

The Non Golden Ticket Holder registration form will initially just be a collection of contact details. Please note completing this registration does not confirm your spot on bronze camp, you will be notified whether your spot has been successful in the days following registration and we will send out the full application form for you to complete at this stage. Please have the following details ready:

  • Candidate Name
  • Candidate DOB
  • Candidate Email
  • Candidate Mobile
  • Parent/Guardian Name (if u/18)
  • Parent/Guardian Email (if u/18)
  • Parent/Guardian Mobile (if u/18)

Information relating to COVID-19 and Bronze Camp

Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, we do not yet know how many candidates will be allowed to participate in our Bronze Camp. In the event of a reduced program capacity, places in the program will be allocated to all who were eligible to register during the priority registration period first, then places will be allocated on a first come/first served basis to those who registered via general registration.

In the event of limitations being placed on the program capacity or inability to run the Bronze program in 2020, we will offer a refund of the Bronze Camp registration fees (not Club membership fees) net of external administration fees ($15).

Program Fees

Bronze Camp registration fees have been set at $350.

For any Bronze camp information, please contact Claire Tucker-Morrison – Bronze Camp Chief Instructor.


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