Bravery Awards Structure

The structure of the Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards is such that there are five tiered awards to represent the different actions taken, as well as to place them in an order which recognises the degree of difficulty and execution of the rescue. They are listed below in hierarchical order and contain a brief explanation about the criteria for which they may be awarded.

Distinction Bravery Award

For demonstrating acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril with disregard to their own personal safety. In addition the recipient must have demonstrated exceptional judgement, an extremely advanced level of skills and immense speed in the execution of the action taken. The award consists of a framed certificate stating the awardee and the citation for the award and a printed plaque.

Award of Merit

For exceptional aquatic rescue/resuscitation for either the general public or professional sector, where the candidate has shown exceptional judgement utilising an extremely advanced level of skills. In addition, the recipient must have demonstrated immense speed in the execution of the action taken exhibiting conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril. The award consists of a framed certificate stating the awardee and the citation for the award and a printed plaque.

Gold Cross

For outstanding aquatic rescue/resuscitation events for either the general public and professional sector, where the degree of difficulty and/or the candidates skill/age level is such that the committee recommends one of the highest awards. The award consists of a framed certificate stating the awardee and the citation for the award and a gold-plated cross.

Gold Medallion

For aquatic rescue/resuscitation events for either the general public or professional sector, where the degree of difficulty is reasonable and/or outside normally expected conditions. The award consists of a framed certificate stating the awardee and the citation for the award and a gold-plated medallion.

Gold Star

For simple and normally expected aquatic rescue and/or resuscitation events, especially for professionals conducting their expected duties. The award consists of a framed certificate stating the awardee and the citation for the award and a gold-plated star.

Commendation

In recognition of an outstanding attempt at rescue or resuscitation.











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