BRONZE CAMP 21/22

The Bronze Camp has traditionally been a weeklong, 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 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”.

The Portsea Bronze Camp is an extremely popular program and is heavily oversubscribed each year. Portsea SLSC endeavours to make Bronze Camp applications a fair process, awarding places based on, but not limited to, the assessment of prior Portsea SLSC involvement, as well as candidate attitude and behaviour. See the eligibility information at the bottom of this page relating to the “Bronze Ticket“, Portsea SLSC’s priority entry pathway into Bronze Camp.

FULL OVERVIEW
OF BRONZE PROGRAM

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PROGRAM DATES

The specific Bronze Camp Program dates are:

  • 12th December 2021
  • 13th December 2021
  • 14th December 2021
  • 15th December 2021
  • 16th December 2021
  • 17th December 2021
  • 18th December 2021

The 2021 Bronze Camp will be run as a live-in camp at the Portsea SLSC.

NIPPERS INSTRUCTING

There is an expectation that all Bronze Camp participants instruct our Nipper Program over the summer period. We are dedicated to continuity of learning and teaching at Portsea SLSC and hope that in reciprocation of the time we invested towards your personal development, you will help us to develop our youngest club members through instructing our Nipper program this season.

BRONZE TICKET

Please note, the Bronze Ticket was formerly known as the “Golden Ticket” and is now the pathway to receive priority entry onto the Portsea SLSC Bronze Camp.

The Portsea Bronze Ticket is designed to reward members that have shown commitment to Portsea SLSC with priority entry onto the Bronze Camp program. The base requirements for successfully obtaining a Bronze Ticket are outlined here.

Only an applicant’s previous season’s contribution will be considered in the Bronze Ticket application process. Therefore, it is integral that all applicants ensure they fulfil the Bronze Ticket requirements in the season prior to applying for the Bronze Camp Program.

At a baseline, all successful Bronze Ticket applicants will have performed a minimum contribution of:

  1. 16 hours of Portsea SLSC volunteering, which must be made up of a minimum of 10 hours of patrolling on Portsea back beach and the remaining 6 hours either met by helping as a Nippers instructor/water safety volunteer OR participating in further patrolling.
  2. volunteering at one of Portsea SLSC’s major events: Portsea Swim Classic OR Pier to Perignon OR Portsea Bay to Surf.
Minimum requirement Rationale
Minimum of 10 hours patrolling Successful applicants will have performed a minimum of 10 hours of patrolling in the season prior to their application.

It is expected that all dedicated applicants participate in patrols. If you have not fulfilled this criterion, you are ineligible for a Bronze Ticket regardless of your other club contributions.

Volunteering at Portsea Swim Classic

OR

Volunteering at Pier to Perignon

OR

Volunteering at Portsea Bay to Surf

Successful applicants will have volunteered their time at either the Portsea Swim Classic OR Pier to Perignon OR Portsea Bay to Surf.

If you have not fulfilled this criterion, you are ineligible for a Bronze Ticket, regardless of your other club contributions.

Volunteering for Nippers instructing and/or water safety Nipper instructing and/or Nipper water safety hours can contribute towards attaining 16 hours of PSLSC volunteering. Please note that 10 of these 16 hours must be completed through patrolling. The additional 6 hours can be met through volunteering at Nippers OR attending additional patrols.

If you have not fulfilled the minimum 10 hours of patrol but do fulfil 6 hours of Nippers Instructing or water safety, you will remain ineligible for a Bronze Ticket.

Bronze Ticket applications will be considered in conjunction with the minimum requirements as well as the applicant’s character and dedication to Portsea SLSC. All applicants who fulfil the requirements of a Bronze Ticket will be granted priority registration to the Bronze Camp Program.

If an applicant believes that they have been disadvantaged in some way and therefore were unable to fulfil the minimum requirements for a Bronze Ticket, there will be an opportunity to apply for special consideration.

If an applicant is unsuccessful in obtaining a Bronze Ticket, they will not receive priority entry onto Bronze Camp. However, applicants can still enter the Bronze Camp program via the general registration pathway.

If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQs section below. If you would like to discuss the Bronze Ticket application process directly, please direct your questions to our Education Director, Jacqui, at jacqui.hart@portseasurf.com.au.

FAQs

I want to volunteer more than the minimum requirements, is this allowed?

Yes. We encourage you to volunteer as much as possible at Portsea SLSC and you are always welcome to help at as many club activities and events as you like. These requirements are simply a minimum standard to provide clarity and direction to those interested in applying for a Bronze Ticket.

I patrolled for over 16 hours last season, but I did not help in Nippers program, am I still eligible for a Bronze Ticket?

Yes. You have fulfilled the minimum 10 hours of patrolling and subsequently 16 hours of volunteering. Helping at the Nippers program is an extra way in which you can gain volunteer hours once you have reached the minimum 10 hours of patrol. However, if you wish to gain all your volunteer hours through patrolling, that is acceptable.

Note: you must still volunteer at the Portsea Swim Classic OR the Pier to Perignon.

I did not meet the minimum 10 hours patrolling in the previous season, am I still eligible for a Bronze Ticket?

No. The minimum requirements state that you must have performed 10 hours of patrolling at Portsea to be eligible for a Bronze Ticket, regardless of your other volunteering contributions.

I helped at Nippers for over 6 hours in the previous season, can the extra hours count as a substitute to my minimum patrol hours?

No. The minimum requirements state that you must have performed 10 hours of patrolling at Portsea back beach to be eligible for a Bronze Ticket. If you volunteered more Nippers hours but failed to gain at least 10 patrol hours, you will remain ineligible for a Bronze Ticket.

I helped at both the Portsea Swim Classic and Pier to Perignon last season, does this make me automatically eligible for a Bronze Ticket?

No. You will have fulfilled the minimum requirement of helping at a swim event. However, you must still meet the minimum 16 hours of volunteering required, which must be made up of a minimum of 10 hours patrolling and then 6 hours of additional volunteering (either further patrol or Nippers help). Additional volunteering at another event does not contribute to this minimum 16 hour volunteer requirement.