Surf Level 1 First Aid

Our two day Surf level 1 First Aid courses are tailored to the surf environment and suitable for lifeguards from any surf lifesaving club.This course meets  SLSNZ Health and Safety requirements, plus provides you with more in depth and hands-on application. 

SLS First Aid Level 1
Unit Standards:
Candidates are assessed in accordance with NZQA standards for the following unit standards:6401, 6402, 6400   
Prerequisites: Current SLSNZ member, 14 years of age
Duration: 2 days - To meet NZQA requirements our 2 day Surf Level 1 First Aid course is a minimum of 12 hours long. 

This is a 2 day resuscitation course covering the following topics:
Assessment of emergency situations, basic life support, soft tissue injuries, bleeding, shock, fractures and head injuries, hypothermia, asthma, oxygen delivery systems, burns, asthma and basic drowning physiology.

Primary Assessment:
 Response – AVPU
 Send for help – Position, Problem, People
 Airway
 Skin colour and temperature

 Adult
 Child
 Infant
 Airway obstruction for all ages

Common first aid conditions:
 Injuries – fractures, dislocations, wounds, burns, soft tissue injuries – splinting, stiff neck collar, spinal injuries
 Medical conditions – seizures, epilepsy, diabetic emergencies, breathing difficulties; anaphylaxis, chest pains, stroke;
 Hypothermia, hyperthermia.
 Marine stings, eye injuries, poisons

Bleeding, signs and symptoms and treatment of:
 External bleeding
 Internal bleeding
 Amputation
 Impaled object
 Chest wounds

 Signs and symptoms
 Circulation check – skin colour, temp, pulse, capillary refill.
 Treatment
 Secondary survey

 Cylinder ID
 Safety
 Attaching the regulator/cracking cylinder
 Delivery devices and flow rates
 Indications for oxygen therapy
 Suction

AED – Introduction and demonstrate knowledge of and use of an AED
Basic drowning physiology

 Definitions (and the fact we don’t say secondary/near-drowning etc.)
 Basic understanding of the drowning process (without using too much technical jargon and physiology).
 The physiological drowning process
 The effect of drowning on the lungs.

 "Engaging entertaining and so very knowledgeable. The mixture of videos, PowerPoint and scenarios, as a point of review, were great"

Please contact us if you would like to make a booking at or call us on 0800-1st Aid

Key Course Content

  • Accident management.
  • Basic Assessment - DRSABCD's
  • CPR and use of O2
  • Use of AED/Defib
  • Choking.
  • Asthma
  • Bleeding - Severe
  • Nose bleeds
  • Burns
  • Secondary Assessment
  • Diabetes
  • Seizures
  • Severe allergies
  • Heart Attack
  • Strokes
  • Fractures
  • Spinal injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia
  • Poisons
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Stings and bites
  • Vital signs
“Hi there just wanted to say the course was great. I attended with my son and worried he would find it boring but Adam kept us all interested. Lots of breaks doing hands on exercises meant the day passed quickly. Well done first training, keep up the good work.”
- Public Course - 1 Day Workplace First Aid - Nov 2020, Auckland
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