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Note: training courses may be cancelled last-minute due to extenuating factors. Register to ensure you are kept up-to-date of any changes

Bronze Medallion

We provide Bronze Medallion, Bronze Requal and SU Surf Upgrade training throughout the year.

Note: the Surf Upgrade is only recognised by SU WA and is a necessary qualification when running open water activities on Scripture Union programs. Only SU Volunteers with a current Bronze Medallion can complete the Surf Upgrade.

Please note that Bronze Full Course and Requal training will be delivered on separate days unless we have additional trainers. Be sure to select the correct date for the required training.

Bronze Medallion Full Course & Training will be held at Bayswater Waves from 9am - 5pm (unless otherwise stated).
Bronze Medallion Surf Upgrade is held at Trigg South Beach from 8:30am - 11:30am, followed by Requalification Training at Bayswater Waves from 12:30pm - 5:30pm (unless otherwise stated). 
SUWA have limited trainers and sessions will be closed once capacity (10 people per session) has been reached. If you cannot attend the sessions delivered by SU WA we advise you to visit Royal Life Saving WA's website to view their upcoming training for Bronze Medallion:
If you have questions regarding Bronze or Surf Upgrade training please contact our office on 9371 9100.

Upcoming sessions:
Full Bronze Medallion
- Saturday 11th February 

Surf Upgrade (Mornings - time above)
- Saturday 18th March

Bronze Medallion Re-qualification (Afternoons - time above)
- Saturday 18th March



Essential orientation for all SU WA Volunteers and all staff and volunteers are required to attend every three years.

Usually run at the SU WA Office (unless otherwise specified) – 7 Irvine Street, Bayswater.

Regional volunteers can join exclusive regional Zoom session as listed below. Please register 4 business days before the session to allow us to mail you the Orientation pack.

Upcoming Sessions:


  • BUSSELTON: Wed 8th Feb, 5.30 - 8.30pm: Camp Geographe, 162 Caves Rd, Siesta Park 
  • Wed 15th Feb, 6.30 - 9.30pm 

Cost: $5 donation


Autumn Core Volunteer Training Day

We are hosting SU-wide volunteer training day. 

The day will include the following:

  • Orientation (Joyce Arnott)
  • Autumn Camp Team meetings (Team Leaders)
  • How to Respond When a Disclosure of Traumatic Experiences Are Shared (Joshua Griffiths)
  • How to Lead a Small Group (Sally Howe)
  • Understanding Mental Health and Self-care (Ruth Warwick)

Each elective runs for 1 hour and you will be able to choose 3 electives to be involved in, as well as an Orientation.

Who: Any Active SU Volunteers and Church partners
NEW DATE: Saturday, 25th March 2023
Time: 9am-5:15pm
: $10 (Afternoon Tea)
Location: Lake Gwelup Christian Church
Closing date for registrations: Close of business, 24th March 2023

Working with young people who have experienced trauma

Time: 9am - 10.30am
Date: Saturday, 17th December
Cost: Free
Location: SU office - 7 Irvine Street, Bayswater
Working with young people who have experienced trauma
During this 1 1/2 hr session we will cover:
- What children need
- Understanding trauma
- The Stress Model of crisis which explains the important role we play in helping young people work through the crisis in a way that is a constructive, learning experience
- Behaviour Support Techniques

Water Activities Training Day

Learn or refresh all the skills needed to safely run water-based activities on SU programs. SUPing, snorkelling, kayaking and rafting.

We will be covering what is required to run a water-based activity as well as having some time to get out on/in the water.
Activities will include: SUPing, Snorkelling, Kayaking and Rafting

When: 7.30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday 5th November 2022 
Where: Rockingham (details will be advised closer to the date)
Cost: $20 - includes morning tea and lunch

Note: Preference will be given to volunteers serving on Leavers Ningaloo, Young Adults Ningaloo, Beach Camp and Beach Camps.

Registrations close 1st November


Junior LEAD

Junior LEAD Camps are part of our Christian leadership development here at SU WA, and are open to students in Year 10-12 (or equivalent age) wanting to grow, be challenged and inspired in ministry – either in an SU or local church context.

Who: Senior High Schoolers (Years 10-12)
Date: June 24-26, 2022
Cost: $130
Location: Southern Hills Christian College, Bedfordale
Transport: Make your own way there
Team Leaders: Cody Arnott and Sally Howe
Closing date for registrations: June 17

More information here.


LEAD Camps

LEAD Camps are part of our Christian leadership development here at SU WA, and are open to all 17-35 year-olds wanting to grow, be challenged and inspired in ministry – either in an SU or local church context.

Who: Young Adults (over 18 years of age or Yr 12 school leavers)
Date: 2022
Cost: TBA
Location: Camp Geographe, Busselton
Transport: TBA
Team Leaders: TBA
Camp Speaker: TBA
Closing date for registrations: TBA

More information here.


How to Lead a Small Group Training

SU WA’s relational approach leads us to use small groups in many different ministry contexts. We encourage others to use this powerful transformational tool and offer training and a handbook that gives people the information and skills needed to lead small groups effectively.

If this is something that would add value to you or your connect group, please reach out to us.

Training Dates: TBA

If you are interested in being notified of future training events please express your interest by registering below

Email here


Hope Group Training

Training by Sally Howe, SU Discipleship Catalyst. 
Are you wondering where to start in sharing Jesus in a relevant, hope-filled way with
others? Hope Groups are a simple, powerful small group format to share life together and
the hope of Jesus with our friends. In this 1.5 hour session, you will learn the why and how of
running your own group.
- Gain confidence in reading the Bible with others
- You’ll learn a process of how to pray and invite people
- Pick up effective discipleship tools to use with existing groups

Any queries contact Sally: sally.howe@su.org.au

When: 7:30 - 9pm (see below for dates)
2nd November (Wednesday)
19th December (Monday)

Where: On Zoom (Online). Registration required in order to receive the Zoom Meeting link. All welcome!
Cost: Free

Everyday Discipleship for Ordinary People

Training session by James Duff, City to City and Sally Howe, SU Discipleship Catalyst.

Learn what SU and City to City are offering to support churches who have a vision to make disciples who make disciples.

  • A practical framework for missional ministry
  • A simple method for connecting with people around the Bible
  • Gospel-sharing tools anyone can pick up

This training will help equip you and give you the confidence to disciple others in the ways of Jesus.



First Aid

Royal Life Saving WA provides Provide First Aid training for $109 per person- we outsource this as it's more cost effective. You can find out more info and sign up here- this is the qualification we require of First Aiders on SU programs.

You can also register for a CPR requal here or a full Provide CPR course here if you would like (remembering that this isn't a required SU qualification).


Journey Program

What youth ministry leaders need most isn’t simply more easy answers to problems, more conferences and more impersonal training, but a relationship through which the youth ministry leader can be held accountable, be encouraged, and be helped to put their learnings into practice. The SU Journey program seeks to provide that relationship.

Who:  Those who are responsible for a Youth Ministry (although we may accept some Youth Leaders)
When: TBA

Please call Chrissie Sleep (Ministry Catalyst) on 9371 9100 for more information.


MAD (Make A Difference) Workshop

We believe there is a need for Christian students to explore more deeply why followers of Jesus love and serve others. We want to build their understanding of what effective aid and development work looks like and increase their engagement in local and global mission.

Contact sally@suwa.org.au to find out more