The Silver Medallion Patrol Captain (SMPC) award is an exciting & innovative course, aiming to equip participants with the skills and knowledge to confidently lead a lifesaving team and manage a beach as a nominated Patrol Captain.

This course will:

  • Teach candidates the roles and responsibilities of a Patrol Captain
  • Allow participants to apply the principles of effective leadership to motivate and engage team members
  • Provide practical skills and techniques to coordinate lifesaving incidents in both aquatic and land environments
  • Detail correct management procedures and policies (SOPs) expected of patrol captains during patrol operations
  • Teach candidates how to conduct team briefings, complete patrol set-up & pack-down, and effective basic beach management considerations


  • Must be at least 17 years old (at final assessment)
  • Must hold a proficient Bronze Medallion
  • Must hold at least one (1) other lifesaving award
  • Have had at least 2 years of active patrolling experience
  • Complete On-The-Job Checklist and E-Learning prior to attending first session (OTJ checklist can be accessed here)

Course Structure:
Candidates are expected to complete 3 types of learning to gain their SMPC award:

  • Online E-Learning Modules (completed prior to face-to-face training)
  • On-the-Job Training (completed prior to face-to-face training)
  • Face-to-Face Sessions

**If you are interested in completing your SMPC award please contact either the Lifesaving Director ( or the SMPC Lead Facilitator ( to discuss.