Advanced Lifesaving Program

The Advanced Lifesaving Program aims to give Surf Life Saving Tasmania members the opportunity to further their lifesaving skills through training in Advanced First Aid (HLTAID014) and Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue (SMAR). The live-in program will be run over three days utilising scenario-based training. The program is targeted at members who have experience as lifesavers and leaders on the beach and are now looking to expand their skillset.

March 2022 will be run as a pilot with a review process to ensure the program continues to be improved into the future and become apart of SLST's annual lifesaving development calendar. The Advanced Lifesaving Program aims to complement existing programs such as the Lifesaving Development Camp and provide more opportunities to the members of SLST.

Nomination process:

Nominations have now closed.

Selection announcement, click here.

Key Dates:

  • Nominations Open: 25th January 2022
  • Nominations Close: 7th February 2022
  • Program Starts: 11th March 2022
  • Program Finishes: 14th March 2022


> Circular 22-02 - Advanced Lifesaving Program 2022

> SMAR Course Syllabus


Ned Reardon, Surf Life Saving Tasmania

Mobile: 0488 400 996 | Phone: 03 6216 7800 | Email: 


Surf Life Saving Tasmania Lifesaving Development Camp (LDC)

What is the Lifesaving Development Camp?

The Lifesaving Development camp (or commonly known as 'Dev Camp')  is a 7-day live in program to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of young people to the next level.  

Since 2014, the camp has developed to suit the needs of our state and members and what has evolved is a program that prepares Tasmania's youth  take on more responsibility in their patrol teams, their own clubs and the wider community.  This is achieved by providing the young people who attend the Lifesaving Development Camp with a higher level of award training, and exposure to exciting, fast-paced simulated lifesaving scenarios. Camp attendees will use the standard patrolling equipment to manage ‘No Notice’ scenarios that become more complex as their skills develop. This style of delivery uses expert feedback to cement skills and knowledge in a relevant and practical medium.

Successful participants of the Lifesaving Development Camp will receive awards in First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, IRB Crewperson Certificate and Silver Medallion IRB Driver (If applicable). 

Scenario Based Training

The Lifesaving Development Camp trains using the Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) education model. ELT uses scenario based training to give candidates the opportunity to experience realistic emergency scenes to practice their lifesaving skills. Scenarios are designed and conducted under the guidance of specially trained facilitators and safety officers. While evaluations of the past programs highlight the value of scenario based training for development of candidate skills, some participants may feel some emotional stress participating in such realistic training.

Scenarios may include but are not limited to: spinal cord injury, heart attack, asthma attach, anaphylaxis, car or boating accident, burns, fractures, breaks, cuts and abrasions, missing person. If you have concerns about your ability to participate in these scenarios, please contact the Camp Coordinator (details above) to discuss your concerns.

The nomination process

The Lifesaving Development Camp is normally run every year depending on candidate interest.  Clubs in the past have been issued two placement spots for the camp, with spare positions available if a club does not nominate anyone.  Nominations generally open in October for a January camp and are open to surf life saving members aged 16-21.