Balmoral Nippers runs an advanced programme of education for Age Groups 12 and 13.  We call this Bronzies. The Bronzie Programme is open to any Nippers who have completed Age Group 11 the season before.  The Nipper must be a confident swimmer to participate.

We run this programme with support from two of the most able bodies in Lifesaving – Royal Lifesaving who deliver the Bronze Star and Medallion Training, and Surf Lifesaving NSW who deliver a programme covering some additional topics and lifesaving activities.

                                                  

The objective is to give our Nippers a great understanding of the Dangers of the Water and Surf … and how to help those in trouble – with the potential to save lives 

The Bronze Programme is run by Dan Gay (Royal Lifesaving and who is also head of education at Surf NSW).

The season is split into two (pre and post Christmas). 

Year 1, 12s 

1st half  :  Bronze Star Training with Royal Life Saving
2nd half : Learning with Surf Life Saving NSW.

Year 2, 13s

1st half  : Surf Life Saving NSW
2nd half : Bronze Medallion with Royal Life Saving

The trainers will be available before and after to take any questions. 

Registration each week will be at 08.45 so as not to interrupt Nipper time.

Training Books are not a necessity however if you'd like to purchase one you can do so from our tent (if we have stock) or Royal Life Saving's website (details below)

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Year 1, Age Group 12

Oct-Dec: Bronze Star Programme

The aim is to develop skills and knowledge of safe water rescue and survival.

Theory

Safe water practices, how to survive in the water, self-preservation in rescues, recognising an emergency, assessment before a rescue and during a rescue, priorities for rescue, treatment for shock and elementary after care, DRSABCD. 


Practical

Resuscitation awareness: Demonstrate checking for dangers, assessing unconsciousness, clearing and opening the airway, positioning the casualty for CPR, mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing, mouth-to-nose rescue breathing, chest compression, the appropriate action for a casualty who vomits or regurgitates, the appropriate action for airway blockage, the recovery position.

Throw rescue: Perform a throw rescue using a PFD to a person in difficulty 6 metres from safety. Perform a throw rescue using an unweighted rope to a person in difficulty 10 metres from safety.

Rescue and resuscitation: Perform a tow rescue of an unconscious and non-breathing person 10 metres from safety and commence rescue breathing while wading.

Accompanied rescue: Perform an accompanied rescue using a flotation aid for a person in difficulty 15 metres from safety.

Defensive techniques: Demonstrate a defensive position, a reverse and a leg block. 

Tow: Perform a tow rescue using a non-rigid aid of a weak swimmer in difficulty in deep water 20 metres of safety.

Surface dive: Demonstrate head-first and a feet-first surface dive in deep water. 

Underwater search: Demonstrate a search pattern in deep water.

Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of a person who is no more than 15 metres from safety.

Survival skills: Perform a survival sequence including floating, treading water, putting on a PFD in deep water and demonstrating the HELP technique.

Swim: Swim 300 metres in a target time of 10 minutes.  

 

Jan-Mar: Surf Life Saving NSW

The objective of this surf education program is to cover other areas that don’t cross with Bronzie Training. 

There will be lots of hands on and activities, again the objective being to help the Nippers with Safety and Awareness.

Program Summary 

The aim of this program is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge on how to stay safe in an aquatic environment. The students will learn practical water safety skills participating in fun activities and water-based games, which are designed to build confidence in and around the water. 

The foundation topics covered offer pathway options to further Surf Lifesaving awards.

Learning Outcomes

Over the program you will learn the following:

  • Fundamental safety around water

Role of a Lifesaver/ Lifeguard, Signs and flags at beach/ pool.

  • Surf Awareness and Skills

Describing how to identify rip currents and methods of escaping from a rip current.

  • Demonstrate surf skills:

Educational games and activities on navigating a beach and water environment
Swim skills, rescue tube and learning how to paddle and negotiate the water with a rescue board.

  • Perform surf skills:

Wading, board paddling, survival techniques

  • Safety and Wellbeing

Sun safety
Identify causes of accidents, appropriate use of PPE and safe manual handling

  • Recognise appropriate beach types, conditions and areas in the surf for swimming:

Identifying safety aspects of the beach environment and different types of beaches.

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2nd Year, Age Group 13

Oct-Dec: Surf Life Saving NSW – Surf Education Program 

The objective of this being to cover other areas that don’t cross with Bronzie Training. 

There will be lots of hands on and activities, again the objective being to help the Nippers with Safety and Awareness. 

Program Summary

The aim of this program is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge on how to stay safe in an aquatic environment.

The education component of the program includes beach safety, sun safety, what a lifesaver is and what they do; while the physical activities include wading, board paddling and beach games. This age group are also introduced to some of the basic principles of surf safety such as general rescue techniques and first aid - vital skills they can take with them for life

The foundation topics covered offer pathway options to further Surf Lifesaving awards.

Learning outcomes

Over the 9 week program you will learn the following: 

  • Surf Awareness and Skills

Describing how waves are formed, how to identify rip currents and methods of escaping from a rip current.

  • Recognise appropriate beach types, conditions and areas in the surf for swimming:

Identifying safety aspects of the beach environment and different types of beaches.

  • Demonstrate surf skills:

Perform front and rear release and escape methods, swim and negotiate the water using a rescue tube. Paddle and negotiate the water with a rescue board.

  • Rescue Techniques

Return a patient safely to shore by performing tube and a board rescues for a person in distress.

  • Perform surf skills:

Wading, board paddling, survival techniques, multiple scenarios

  • Safety and Wellbeing Sun safety.

Identify causes of accidents, appropriate use of PPE and safe manual handling

  • First Aid skills

Identify the principles of basic first aid management.
Perform a basic emergency care management assessment. 

Jan-Mar: Bronze Medallion

Holders of this award are recognised as having gained a minimum standard as a qualified lifesaver.

  • Aim : Develop the level of knowledge, judgement, technique and physical ability required to carry out safe water rescues.
  • Minimum age : 14 years old by the end of the season (ie. March)
  • Prerequisite : None, however it is advantageous if the Nipper holds the Bronze Star award. 

Theory 

Safe water practices; survival in the water; self-preservation; recognising an emergency; assessment before and during a rescue; priorities for rescue; CPR theory; acceptance of responsibility; use of bystanders; emergency care and contacting emergency services.

Practical

Resuscitation: Demonstrate effective CPR

Swim: Swim 400 metres continuously within 13 minutes. 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m survival backstroke, 100m sidestroke.

Timed Tow: Swim 50 metres, then tow a patient 50m within 3 min 15 sec.

Survival and Rescue Skills: Demonstrate a range of survival techniques and appropriate rescues for a range of different aquatic environments and scenarios.

Spinal Injuries: Basic management of a suspected spinal injury in shallow water.

Rescue Initiative: Demonstrate initiative in effecting a rescue of two people who are in difficulty up to 15 metres from safety.

  

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Questions and Answers: 

Q : Are parents meant to be helping, as they did in Age Groups 4 to 11 ?

A : Parents are always welcome to support, and should not be too far away from the group.  There is not a specific need to help run the programme as the trainers do this, but there may certainly be occasions where they need support – for example on group swims when we will need a ratio of 1 adult to 5 swimmers.

 

Q : Where can I get the official Lifesaving Training Manual from and what is the cost ?

A : The best place to purchase is https://www.royallifesaving.com.au/shop. The cost is about $35.

 

  

Q : What time does the programme run ?

A : We ask for the participants to arrive by 08.45 for registration. We want to ensure the team can start at 9am sharp. It should finnish at around 10.00 but may run over slightly if there is a longer training session needed.

 

Q : What kit do the Bronzie Wear ?

A : Unless otherwise advised by the trainer – the Bronzie should wear Nippers Gold Rashie, Nippers Swimmers.  It is a good idea to also bring down a cap for sun protection.

 

Q : Can a Bronzie Nipper help with other aspects of Nippers ?

A : Traditionally the Bronzie Group have leant a helping hand with the Championships at 10.00 am and also with getting the kit back to the shed.  We continue to encourage this leadership. The Bronzie can use Nippers Boards that are spare to help in water based Championships. They should not use the larger Yellow Rescue Boards.

In mid January we run the extra session for Nippers Board Training and Skills.  If any Bronzie would like to come and help in this, perhaps to escape any boredom from the long Summer Holiday, we would be very happy to see them. 

 

Q : My child has not done Nippers at Balmoral but would like to do the two year Bronzie Course – how can I enrol ?

A : The Bronzie programme is open only for Children who have been part of the main Nippers programme, so I am afraid this option is not available. Both Royal Lifesaving and Surf Lifesaving NSW do run other options and courses and it is recommended to review their websites for details.