Skills tested in bronze medallion re-qualification

Participants take to the water in their bronze medallion re-qualification at Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club. Picture: MARK HEENAN MEDIA

Warm temperatures, blue skies and clean surf greeted participants for the season’s first bronze medallion re-qualification at Ocean Grove SLSC on Sunday 19 November.
The skills maintenance based session attracted around 165 participants with ages ranging from 13 years to 83 years of age.
Participants applied first aid, conducted tube and rescue water activities and took part in an ocean swim, while successfully completing an online theory test before day.
“It has been a wonderful day here at Ocean Grove beach,” said Life Saving Victoria assessor Bo Chudosnik, an Ocean Grove SLSC life member.
“Lots of people participating, well over 150 participants doing their bronze medallion re-qualification, their resuscitation, their first aid and all the rescues and getting ready for a fantastic season at Ocean Grove and the Bellarine.”
Entrants from nearby Thirteenth Beach, Point Lonsdale, Bancoora and Torquay Surf Life Saving Clubs participated in the annual bronze medallion re-qualification.
Bancoora SLSC will host next re-qual on Saturday 25 November, while further re-qualification days will take place at Point Lonsdale SLSC on 2 December and Thirteenth Beach SLSC on 10 December.