Patrolling on a Page

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”

Thank you for being a volunteer surf life saver.  Here are some tips to make your experience rewarding and help you perform your duties to the high standard that the public expects of us.

Patrol Groups & Roster

  • You’ll be assigned to a patrol group (named after colours). Each patrol group has a Patrol Captain (PC), Vice Captain (VC) and a variety of other roles.
  • Patrol groups are reviewed each season to balance up skills and experience; if you want to change group, we’ll accommodate your requests as far as possible.
  • Each patrol group is rostered a spread of patrols each season (i.e. day, time and type). If you can’t attend a rostered patrol, please try to arrange a substitute.
  • You can attend other patrols; make sure to introduce yourself to the PC & add your name to the sign in sheet.

Before Patrol

  • Let your PC know if you are coming or have arranged a substitute; your PC will check for attendance during the week preceding a patrol
  • Bring your uniform and skull cap
  • Please arrive in good time; e.g. 30 minutes before the rostered start time if it’s the first patrol of the day
  • Prepare for the patrol, including: bagging the radios, filling the large Esky with water, filling the small Eskies for each vehicle with ice packs and water, putting extra boards on the trailer, checking the first aid tubs and loading them onto the vehicles, checking the soft first aid and oxy kits for the trailer and conducting patrol vehicle pre-start checks.
  • Set up the patrol on the beach: position a flag, board and rescue tube at each end of the patrolled area; prepare the patrol trailer for duty

After Patrol

  • Record the time that you finish patrol
  • Pack up from the beach (if the last patrol of the day)
  • Wash-down the trailer, vehicles and boards
  • Put away everything that came out!
  • Restock fridge (water) and freezer (ice packs)
  • Clean the lower ground floor (sweep the floor, empty bins)
  • Attend the patrol debrief

Taking care of our equipment prolongs its life and reduces the risk of things being mislaid

Communication

  • Please respond when your PC contacts you (its time consuming to chase up 20 people!)
  • Join the Facebook group “Coogee Beach WA Patrol Members” for news, patrol substitute requests and pics (facebook.com/groups/coogeebeachpatrol)
  • Create an account at portal.sls.com.au to update your contact details, pay your membership, check your awards and find information

Training & Development

  • All patrol members are required to attend a skills maintenance session in the first half of the season (BRZ and SRC awards are only valid to 31 December of each year); dates are well publicised so please plan ahead to attend
  • Our training team runs many courses to help you develop your skills; your PC can explain them
  • Complimentary gym membership for >25 patrol hours (subject to conditions)
  • Off season activities e.g. pool rescue, IRB training

During Patrol

  • Sign-on to the patrol sheet
  • Attend the patrol briefing
  • Look professional and look after yourself: uniform, skull cap, sunscreen, water, nutrition
  • Do a run – swim – run
  • Surveillance on the beach and from the tower: prevention is better than cure!
  • Roving patrols (by foot or vehicle) to the jetties, swimming enclosure and marine trail
  • Drive vehicles (note licence requirements & SOPs)
  • Qualified members use the IRBs
  • Board paddling for exercise and water safety
  • Treating first aid incidents e.g. cuts, stings
  • Practice skills e.g. rescues, carries, signals, etc
  • Use the radios to communicate
  • Deal with missing person incidents
  • Patrol at Port Coogee

Most importantly – have fun!

Water Safety Events

We provide these services at Coogee and other nearby locations; as well as providing valuable income for the club, these services build our reputation and profile.  Typically, we need board paddlers and first aiders.