Surf Level 3 First Aid

Surf Life Saving Level 3 runs over the whole weekend, finishing on Sunday afternoon. Be prepared to get involved with in water scenarios testing your skills in first aid emergencies. A practical, fun and hands on course. 

SLS First Aid Level 3

Unit Standard: Candidates are assessed in accordance with NZQA standards for units 29321
Pre-requisites: Current SLSNZ member, 17 years of age, SLS Level 1 & 2
Duration: 3 days
Note: During this course level 1 & 2 are refreshed

Description: This 3 day course refines all of the skills already learnt in the previous levels plus extends the lifeguard in their knowledge of drowning physiology, circum-rescue collapse, and assessment of non-fatal drowning, scene management, advanced monitoring (Pulse oximetry, blood glucose, and chest auscultation) and triage.

Learners will receive knowledge, and engage in skill stations & simulated emergency events as a ‘pre-hospital emergency care provider’. Learners must demonstrate the management of the patients relative to the situation to, minimise, stabilize or improve the patient’s outcome to be successful in being awarded with this unit. The facilitator will ensure the ‘events’ are relevant to the Learner’s own setting.

Learners will be expected to acquire knowledge, practical skills and experience to:
 Assess and manage a range of pre-hospital emergency care situations with the use of technology by engaging in simulated activities from a range of different emergency care situations
 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of devices and/or techniques to manage patients in emergency situations;
 Monitor patients and provide information in a range of emergency situations relevant to surf lifesaving situations (including Pulse oximetry, blood glucose and chest auscultation)
 Engage and interact in peer assessment opportunities in order to facilitate optimum understanding of key concepts and skills
 Become familiar with correct pre-hospital emergency care methods through the participation of skill stations centred around the understanding of the knowledge and skill expectations of the primary resource, relevant equipment user’s manual recommendations & current pre-hospital emergency care practices
Competence must be demonstrated in a minimum of two different emergency situations which may be real or simulated.

Basic pre-hospital emergency care:
For the purposes of this unit standard, this refers to that phase of emergency care that recognises and responds to respiratory and circulatory insufficiency, changes in levels of consciousness, and responds to other conditions using devices and/or techniques readily available to non-health professionals, prior to transfer of care to ambulance crew or other health care professional.
Current pre-hospital emergency care practices:
For the purposes of this standard, these refer to clinical techniques or methodologies that have proven to be most effective at delivering a desired outcome and are actively promoted across the pre-hospital emergency care sector.

"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

Course topics covered must include but are not limited to;

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Scene assessment
  • Physiology of drowning 
  • Patient triage
  • CPR - surf considerations
  • Shock management
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Advanced airway management
  • Suction
  • Defibrillation
  • Survey patients
  • Vital signs 
  • Bleeding control & management
  • Major wounds management
  • Soft tissue management
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures management
  • Head injury management
  • Spinal management
  • Extended care 
  • Positioning
  • Movement from danger
  • Environmental conditions
  • Hyperthermia
  • Hypothermia
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Marine Stings
  • Burns
  • Critical care 
  • After care management
“Thank you for your prompt service and excellent training. The instructor's training style was engaging and knowledgeable.”
- Complete Garden Maintenance - One Day Workplace - May 2020, Auckland
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