Our Advanced Training Programs provide opportunities for members to upskill during the Summer Season! We’ll endeavour to have many courses running over the 2022-23 Lifesaving Season!

Please contact, Jack White – Deputy Education Director, if you have any questions regarding Advanced Training.
E: | M: 0418 379 212


CPR is an invaluable skill that equips individuals to be able to save a life. It’s a tool that can be used anywhere if an emergency situation arises and empowers those to make their communities safer spaces.

This course will:

  • Provide participants with the skills and knowledge to perform CPR during an emergency incident
  • Allow participants to gain Unit of Competency HLTAID009: Provide CPR


  • Minimum 12 years old on the day of final assessment

**NOTE: While CPR is part of our Requals / Skills Maintenance at Portsea (ie. the 12 month required refresher), this does NOT renew your Australian Unit of Competency (HLTAID009) that is required for Advanced Lifesaving Camp and other professions requiring up-to-date qualifications.


First Aid training gives you the confidence to step in to help when an emergency occurs. The action you take by responding straight away, could save a life or prevent a person suffering permanent disability.

This course will:

  • Provide participants with the skills and knowledge to manage an emergency first aid situation until professional support arrives, including:
    • Resuscitation (CPR)
    • The Human Body
    • Bleeding
    • Respiratory Emergencies
    • Medical Conditions
    • Head and Spinal Injuries
    • Fractures and Dislocations
    • Temperature Emergencies
    • Poisoning & Envenomation

Participants will gain Units of Competency HLTAID009: Provide CPR; HLTAID10: Provide Basic Emergency Life Support; HLTAID11: Provide First Aid


  • Minimum 14 years old on the day of final assessment


The ART Certificate enables candidates to acquire the skills and knowledge required to use specialised equipment for provisioning resuscitation and oxygen therapy in a range of complex situations, in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines.

This course will:

  • Provide participants with the skills and knowledge to use oxygen resuscitation, bag-valve-mask and suction equipment in an emergency, including:
    • Resuscitation (CPR)
    • The Human Body
    • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

Participants will gain Unit of Competency HLTAID009: Provide CPR; HLTAID15: Provide Advanced Resuscitation and Oxygen Therapy


  • Minimum 15 years old on the day of final assessment


Bronze Medallion holders will be able to further their patrolling skills by learning about advanced lifesaving operations and rescue techniques for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

This course will:

  • Provide participants with the advanced skills and knowledge to effectively participate in search and rescue operations
  • Offer a taste of some content delivered on Advanced Lifesaving Camp and experience basic Search and Rescue scenarios


  • Current Bronze Medallion
  • Minimum 16 years old on the day of final assessment


IRB’s have been used for all forms of surf rescue, retrieval, and other services during patrols and water safety events. They are a staple of the SLS workforce and rescue thousands of patients along Australian beaches each year.

This course will:

  • Provide participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an IRB in rescue operations, including:
    • Working with IRB’s
    • IRB Equipment & Operation Checks / Maintenance
    • Crewing an IRB & Performing IRB Rescues
    • Search & Rescue Operations


  • Current Bronze Medallion
  • Minimum 15 years old on the day of final assessment


The IRB Drivers Certificate is one of the most sought after and difficult awards offered in the surf lifesaving pathway. It is essential in providing quick and effective water safety at the numerable events and camps run by the club throughout the year. The award is also a necessary requirement for our patrols to operate by Life Saving Victoria’s standards. But finally it is a fantastic award to have attained when applying beyond the club for a Gold Medallion or Lifeguarding position.

If you have ever considered becoming a patrol captain or a lifeguard, and feel you have what it takes to battle Portsea’s notorious surf in an Inflatable Rescue Boat, consider applying for Portsea’s IRB Drivers Camp.

The IRB Drivers Camp requires a full understanding and exhibition of critical elements including:

  • The mechanical workings and motions of an inflatable boat in the surf.
  • The guidelines and legal requirements by the club, Life Saving Victoria and the State.
  • Competency and confidence in and out of the surf, while performing rescues, negotiating the surf, dealing with obstacles and removing patients from the vessel.

There will be time put aside each day for mechanical and driver theory as well as scenario-based learning.

By the end of the IRB Drivers Camp, candidates will be able to:

  • understand the roles and responsibilities of an IRB Driver
  • list the duties of an IRB Driver
  • provide direction to an IRB Crewperson in all their operational duties
  • communicate effectively with Crewperson, the public and patients in the normal performance of duties

Candidates will also be able to:

  • drive an IRB
  • identify the components of an IRB motor
  • launch an IRB safely and efficiently
  • list motor hazards in the surf
  • safely and efficiently negotiate the surf while driving an IRB
  • perform emergency procedures

Candidates will be able to perform rescues in an IRB as a driver and:

  • perform conscious and unconscious patient pick-ups
  • perform complex rescue operations including swimming rescues, sailboarder and kite surfer rescues
  • contribute to search and rescue operations; liaising effectively with other emergency response services as required

Candidates will be taught to prepare and maintain an IRB motor, as well as:

  • perform pre-operational checks and preventative maintenance of the IRB motor
  • perform post-operations maintenance of the IRB motor
  • perform motor re-start procedure after submersion in the surf
  • report major wear and damage according to organisational procedures

Given the specialised nature of the camp and the expensive equipment that this camp utilises, the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club will cover the majority of the costs associated with training and living on camp.

However, in return for this contribution there is an expectation that all of the camp candidates will:

  • attend one of the driver/crewman award requalifications at the commencement of the following season.
  • attend rostered patrols and continue to upskill as an IRB driver.