Rock Training & Rescue Module

Course Overview

The Rock Training & Rescue Module (RTM) is the starting point for training lifeguards in rock activities and operations. The RTM gives Surf Lifeguards the knowledge and skill required to perform rock entries, exits and rescues.

Course Information 


14 years of age.
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed).
Current member of a SLS club.


Half day (3-4 hrs).

Delivered by

Club members who hold their Rock Instructors Award.

Who should complete it

Any lifeguards whose clubs are in close proximity to rocks and that regularly require them to perform rock rescues. 

Candidate requirements

Attend Rock Training & Rescue Module training session with the club Rock Instructor.
Successfully complete all components of the practical examination.

Exam Components

Identify equipment and safety considerations required.
Perform a Rock Entry.
Perform a Rock Exit.
Conscious patient rescue.


Topics covered

1. Safety Preparation.

2. Equipment & PPE.

3. Rock Entries.

4. Rock Exits.

5. Risk Management.

6. Contingency Plans.


At the completion of the module candidates will be able to:

  1. List the necessary equipment required for rock swimming.
  2. Discuss safety considerations that should be made during rock activities.
  3. Explain the key technical points of performing successful rock entries and exits.
  4. Identify suitable entry and exit points.
  5. Successfully, safely and confidently perform a rock entry and exit.
  6. If caught off guard by the swell, take action to maintain their safety.
  7. Perform a conscious patient rock rescue .

To begin training for this module please contact your club Lifesaving Coordinator.

Rock Instructors Award

Those club members wishing to gain the SLSNZ Rock Instructors Award click here for more information.